Artist Bio

Calixto Bieito

(Bio as of March 2012)

Calixto Bieito most recently collaborated with the Goodman on Camino Real during the 2011/2012 Season. From 1999 to 2011, Mr. Bieito was artistic director of Teatre Romea in Barcelona (run by the Focus Group). He is currently the artistic director of Barcelona International Teatre (BIT), a hub for international coproduction and exhibition. Among other awards, he received the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona (2010) for International Projection by the City Council of Barcelona, the European Culture Award (2009) by Pro Europa: the European Cultural Foundation and the Herald Archangel Award for Best Artist of the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. Since 1997, Mr. Bieito has been working nonstop in the international arena, with acclaimed stagings of classic Spanish works such as Pedro Calderón de la Barca’s Life is a Dream, presented first in 1998 in English at the Edinburgh Festival, the Barbican Theatre in London and the Brooklyn Academy of Music of New York and in Buenos Aires with an Argentinian cast in 2011. Mr. Bieito also presented his own versions of works by Shakespeare, such as Macbeth (in German) with the ensemble of the Münchner Kammerspiele at the Salzburg Festival in 2001 and later with the ensemble of Teatre Romea with performances in Catalan and Spanish at the Barbican Theatre in London within the BITE Festival  in 2003; and Hamlet at the Edinburgh Festival, Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK) and in Barcelona (2003). Other international credits include The Great Theater of the World (2011 coproduction by BIT and Theater Freiburg in Germany), Voices (2010, coproduction of the Betty Nansen Theatret in Copenhagen and the Bergen Festival) and Tirant lo Blanc (The White Rider), which premiered in Catalan in Germany in 2007 at the Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin and the Shauspiel Frankfurt, and was also invited to the Festival International Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, in 2008. Mr. Bieito’s work is highly acclaimed on the international opera scene. He has staged operas by Verdi, Mozart, Wagner,  Puccini, Berg and Ligeti for the most important theaters in Europe. He was born in Miranda de Ebro (Spain), and later relocated to Barcelona where he studied Hispanic philology, art history and stage direction. 

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