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Hungarian State Opera to Stage Calixto Bieito’s ‘War & Peace’


The Hungarian State Opera is set to present “War & Peace” starting on Jan. 28, 2023. The Prokofiev opera will be presented in a production by Calixto Bieito; the staging is co-produced with the Grant Théâtre de Genève. There will be 28 singers taking on 45 roles. Among them are Csaba Szegedi (Andrei Bolkonsky), Andrea Brassói-Jőrös (Natasha Rostova), and Szabolcs {…}


Amanda Forsythe, Lenneke Ruiten, Calixto Bieito Headline Les Talens Lyriques’ 2020-21 Season


(Credit: Ceric Larrayadieu) Les Talens Lyriques has announced its 2020-21 season, which will include performances across Europe in London, Vienna, Paris, Würzburg, Dortmund, Heidelberg, Linz, Innsbruck, Ferrara, Bologna, Genoa, Bilbao, Brussels, Liège, Caen, Rouen, and Qatar. For the intents of this article, we will focus on opera and vocal performances. The season kicks off performances of Purcell’s “Orpheus Britannicus,” Suite {…}


English National Opera Set to Open New ‘Carmen’ by Calixto Bieito


(Credit: Paul Marc Mitchell) The English National Opera is set to present Bizet’s “Carmen” starting on Jan. 29, 2020. The famed work will be presented in a production directed by Calixto Bieito that explores the relationship of the sexes at the end of Francisco Franco’s rule in Spain. This version is a co-production with the Den Norske Opera and Ballet. {…}

Reviews, Stage Reviews

Teatro Real De Madrid 2017-18 Review – Carmen: Calixto Bieito’s Vision Gains Relevancy in Spain’s Current Tumultuous Times


This marked my third time traveling to Madrid. What made this one unique was the number of Spanish flags in neighborhoods in the capital – a result of recent events in which autonomous Catalonia is seeking independence. That political backdrop brought further relevance to Calixto Bieito’s production of “Carmen,” seen at the beautiful Teatro Real on Thursday night. It’s a {…}


Gran Teatre del Liceu Announces Upcoming Productions by Tcherniakov & Bieito


The Gran Teatre del Liceu has announced a series of upcoming productions. The company revealed that it would be presenting new showcases of “War and Peace” and “Giulio Cesare.” The Prokofiev opera will arrive in the next few seasons and will be featured in a co-production with the Bayerische Staatsoper, where it will premiere in March of 2023. Dmitri Tcherniakov {…}


Breaking News: Metropolitan Opera’s Decision To Discard Calixto Bieto’s ‘La Forza Del Destino’ Causes Backlash


After the Metropolitan Opera announced its decision to pull the plug on Calixto Bieto’s new production of Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino,” the director’s manager is railing on the company. In an email to the associated press Susanne Herrnleben said that she “found the decision cruel and disappointing because he has done his best to meet the expectations of an American {…}


Barbara Hannigan, Aleksandra Kurzak, Roberto Alagna, Jakub Józef Orliński & Ruzan Mantashyan Lead Grand Théâtre de Genève’s 2024-25 Season


The Grand Théâtre de Genève has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” opens the season with Gwyn Hughes Jones, Burkhard Fritz, and Elisabet Strid in the title roles. Marc Albrecht conducts the production by Michael Thalheimer. The cast will also include Tareq Nazmi, Kristina Stanek, Craig Colclough, and Julien Henric. Performance Dates: Sept. 15-27, 2024 Tomáš Netopil {…}


Nadine Sierra, Saioa Hernández, Piotr Beczała, Sonya Yoncheva, Xabier Anduaga & Juan Diego Flórez Lead Gran Teatre del Liceu’s 2024-25 Season


The Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona has announced its 2024-25 season. Opera Josep Pons conducts Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” with Alexei Botnarciuc, Daniel Kirch, Sara Jakubiak, Ángeles Blancas, and Pavel Černoch. Àlex Ollé conducts. Performance Date: Sept. 25-Oct. 7, 2024 Maria Agresta and Saioa Hernández star in Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Artur Ruciński, Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Brian {…}


Prague National Theatre Announces 2024-25 Season


The Prague National Theatre Opera and State Opera has announced its 2024-25 season. The company will present eight new productions and 320 performances of 39 different operas. Operas in alphabetical order  The season will include Petar Selem’s production of Verdi’s “Aida” with Andriy Yurkevych conducting. Performance Dates: TBA Bizet’s “Carmen” returns in Grischa Asagaroff’s production.  Performance Date: Sept. 25, 2024 Jiří {…}