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Performer: Ingo Krügler

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AmsterdamDie ersten MenschenNew production

Stephan: Die ersten Menschen
François-Xavier Roth; Calixto Bieito; Dutch National Opera; Rebecca Ringst; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer; Kyle Ketelsen

ParisLa Passion selon saint Jean (mise en scène par Calixto Bieito)

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
Les Talens Lyriques; Philippe Pierlot; Calixto Bieito; Aída-Leonor Guardia; Ingo Krügler; Michael Bauer
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Regietheater reigns supreme in Calixto Bieito's Berlin Lohengrin

Dressed in white, with an origami swan in his hand, Robert Alagna's Lohengrin is less a Grail knight than an absent-minded daydreamer.
****1
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Penetrating Schreker’s kaleidoscopic score

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

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

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

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 Fiery Angel burns bright in Zürich

A powerful and emotional staging by Bieito with five-star performances from both leads.  
*****
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