(Miranda de Ebro, Spain)
2015–16 Season: Production of Carmen
Making both his San Francisco Opera and American operatic debuts, Calixto Bieito created the original version of this production of Carmen in 1999 at El Festival de Peralada in Catalonia and in 2000 at Opera Zuid in the Netherlands. He began his directing career at Teatro Romea in Barcelona, which he led between 1999 and 2011. Significant productions include Così fan tutte at the Welsh National Opera and Un Ballo in Maschera at Barcelona’s Gran Teatre Liceu in 2000; Don Giovanni in Hanover in 2002, co-produced with English National Opera and Gran Teatre Liceu; followed by a widely scandalized production of Die Entführung aus dem Serail at Berlin’s Komische Oper in 2004, establishing his fame as one of Europe’s foremost—and controversial—opera directors. His successful 2015 ENO production of La Forza del Destino will appear at the Metropolitan Opera in 2017 and then in Toronto in 2020. Among his current and upcoming projects are Reimann’s Lear at the Paris Opéra, La Juive at the Staatsoper Munich, Otello at Hamburg’s Staatsoper, and Tosca at the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. From 2013 to 2015 he was an artist-in-residence at the Theater Basel.