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Performer: Calixto Bieito

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BerlinLohengrinNew production

Wagner: Lohengrin
Matthias Pintscher; Calixto Bieito; Staatsoper Berlin; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Roberto Alagna; Ekaterina Gubanova

ParisCarmen

Bizet: Carmen
Keri-Lynn Wilson; Calixto Bieito; Opéra national de Paris; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Varduhi Abrahamyan; Charles Castronovo

MunichFidelio

© Wilfried Hösl
Beethoven: Fidelio
Markus Stenz; Calixto Bieito; Bavarian State Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Anja Kampe; Franz-Josef Selig

ViennaCarmenNew production

Bizet: Carmen
Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Calixto Bieito; Vienna State Opera; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Anita Rachvelishvili; Charles Castronovo

ViennaCarmenNew production

Bizet: Carmen
Andrés Orozco-Estrada; Calixto Bieito; Vienna State Opera; Alexander Soddy; Alfons Flores; Mercè Paloma; Michèle Losier
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Empty hunger: Bieito’s Carmen returns to ENO

Sean Panikkar (Don José) and Justina Gringytė (Carmen) © Richard Hubert Smith
Bieito’s Carmen is now a mainstay of ENO's repertoire, but with an excellent central cast led by Sean Panikkar and Justina Gringytė, the production feels entirely fresh. 
****1
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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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