Born in Miranda de Ebro (Burgos), Calixto Bieito was director of the Teatre Romea in Barcelona, the International Arts Festival of Castilla y Léon and the Barcelona International Teatre (BIT). From 2013 to 2015 he was artist in residence at the Basel Theater. Since 2017, he has been the artistic director of Teatro Arriaga in Bilbao, where he signed the rediscoveries of two Basque composers Los Slavos felices d'Arriaga and Mendi-Mendyan d'Usandizaga. Since the early 2000s, he has devoted himself to directing opera, while continuing to work for the theater. He staged major works from the repertoire: Le Couronnement de Poppée by Monteverdi (Zurich), The Fairy Queen by Purcell (Stuttgart), Don Giovanni, Carmen and La Force du destin de Verdi (ENO London), but also Moïse and Aaron by Schönberg (Dresden), Les Soldats by Zimmermann (Zurich / Berlin / Madrid) or Lear by Reimann (Paris). He is also interested in sacred music: the War Requiem by Britten, the Messa da Requiem by Verdi and the Madrigals by Gesualdo, the Passion according to Saint John by Bach, Vespro della Beata Vergine by Monteverdi and Elijah by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Important meetings with Jonathan Little (creation of Les Bienveillantes by Hèctor Parra at the Opera Vlaanderen) and Karl Ove Knausgård (Solveig (Waiting)) in Bergen were at the center of the works created in 2019. Calixto Bieito and his team are currently staging Richard Wagner's tetralogy Der Ring des Nibelungen at the Paris Opera, which premieres in the fall of 2020. He is making his debut at the OnR.
Update May 2020