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Performer: Calixto Bieito

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MunichBoris Godunov

Boris Godunov
Mussorgsky: Boris Godunov
Michail Jurowski; Calixto Bieito; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Dmitry Ulyanov; Giorgi Sturua

MadridLear

Lear
Reimann: Lear
Simone Young; Calixto Bieito; Teatro Real; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Bo Skovhus; Angeles Blancas

BarcelonaCarmen

© A. Bofill
Bizet: Carmen
Patrick Summers; Calixto Bieito; Gran Teatre del Liceu; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Anita Rachvelishvili; Varduhi Abrahamyan

ZürichI vespri sicilianiNew production

I vespri siciliani
Verdi: Les Vêpres siciliennes (I vespri siciliani)
Fabio Luisi; Calixto Bieito; Zurich Opera; Aída-Leonor Guardia; Ingo Krügler; Quinn Kelsey; Bryan Hymel

HamburgFalstaffNew production

Verdi: Falstaff
Axel Kober; Calixto Bieito; Hamburg State Opera; Susanne Gschwender; Anja Rabes; Ambrogio Maestri; Maija Kovalevska
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

Die Gezeichneten © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten (The Branded One) is an unsettling work given the storyline’s background of abduction and clandestine sexual abuse. Calixto Bieito, as expected, eschews ambiguity regarding what goes on behind the scenes, and casts even the titular cripple Alviano Salvago in a damning light.
****1
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A metaphor for the modern world in Zurich

Julie Fuchs (Poppea) © Monika Rittershaus
Calixto Bieito sets Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a hedonist, decadent society whose citizens are defined by their egotism, ambition and sexual exploits.
****1
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Toy Story: Calixto Bieito stages Die Gezeichneten

Michael Nagy (Count Tamare) and Peter Hoare (Alviano) © Iko Freese | drama-berlin.de
The Spanish director offers a controversial angle but tones it down to focus on dark psychology rather than spectacle in his staging of Schrecker's hothouse opera.
***11
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Horse and Carthage: The Trojans in Nuremberg

Katrin Adel (Didon) and Mirko Roschkowski (Énée) © Ludwig Olah
A typically thought-provoking production of The Trojans from Calixto Bieito combines with a thrilling musical performance to compensate for a heavily fileted version of Berlioz's magnum opus.
****1
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Bieito's Tosca: A web of white packing tape

Claudio Sgura (Scarpia) © Erik Berg
Calixto Bieito's Tosca, despite an intriguingly modern setting, fails to make sparks fly.
***11
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