Our Own JJ (not pictured) gets the Staatsoper Stuttgart experience off his chest, to the tune of about 4,000 words, in his new blog post at Musical America. Included is a massive and (one hopes) final deconstruction of the Calixto Bieito Parsifal.

on April 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Our own JJ (not pictured) has finally begun to unburden himself on the subject of the recent, much-discussed “Regietournee.” For reviews of Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rusalka and Cosi fan tutte in Berlin, please go to Musical America‘s Rough and Regie. (Photo: Monkia Rittershaus)

on April 09, 2011 at 10:16 PM

You have spoken, parterrriani, and your message is loud and clear: Calixto Bieito should be tapped to direct the 2013 Bayreuth production of Der Ring des Nibelungen (seen here in artist’s conception.)

on April 08, 2011 at 12:52 PM

First night in Berlin, since the feared jet lag did not, in fact, do your doyenne in, was spent at the Komische Oper seeing Die Entführung aus dem Serail in the “notorious” Calixto Bieito production. La Cieca’s opinion?  

on March 17, 2011 at 12:20 PM

One of La Cieca’s favoritest bloggers in the whole wide world, Opera Cake, takes on the task of reviewing and explicating the “tough” Calixto Bieito production of Aïda, now running in Basel.  And another scribe rapidly moving up in the ranks, Likely Impossibilities, takes a different but equally valid approach.

on October 12, 2010 at 12:59 PM

“Aida am Rhein,” an outdoor on-location live presentation of Verdi’s opera, with the cast of the current Calixto Bieito production in Basel. (So far as I can tell, Bieito didn’t direct the film or the outdoor spectacle, but presumably some of the dramatic ideas of his production were carried over into this performance.)

on October 03, 2010 at 11:44 PM

La Cieca notes that the Gran Teatre del Liceu production of Carmen, directed by Calixto Bieito and starring Beatrice Uria-Monzon, Roberto Alagna, Marina Poplavskaya and Erwin Schrott, will be broadcast to cinemas a couple of weeks from now.  

on October 03, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Roberto Alagna dips his toe into the avant-garde, participating in Calixto Bieito‘s controversial production of Carmen at Teatro del Liceo de Barcelona. [El País]

on September 29, 2010 at 12:26 PM

The Archangel of Fabulous (or, as he’s known under that helmet,  Andrew Richards) has been following the several Calixto Bietio Parsifal discussions on our little blog quite closely and in fact he has commented, answered and otherwise reacted to a number of the parterriani concerns on his own blog, Opera Rocks.

on August 03, 2010 at 11:03 PM

You know how La Cieca gets when one of her darling Regie productions gets dissed sight unseen, as happened on these shores with last Sunday’s unveiling of the Hans Neuenfels Lohengrin at Bayreuth. (Not so much on this site, because La Cieca is happy to report that here at dear parterre.com all schools of opinion—even…

on July 29, 2010 at 10:38 PM

With all due respect to our charming new commenter Nina Munk, the difference between the Met and the Bavarian State Opera is not something that can be measured in dollars or euros.  It’s more about aesthetic sensibility.

on April 15, 2010 at 8:02 AM

“…in Parsifal, instead of digging out the chapters from Metaphysics for Dummies (which is what basically everyone does, except Herheim!), [Calixto Bieito] made it a perfectly plausible story, close to us, to our lifestyles…

on April 05, 2010 at 2:43 PM

This production, though obvious Regie fodder, looks far too interesting to wait for our regular Sunday night quiz! Video after the jump.

on March 31, 2010 at 12:05 PM

After seeing a video excerpt from the Met’s Patrice Chéreau production of From the House of the Dead, I was struck by the cleanness of it all, the sets, the costumes, the tastefully muted colors, and the direction. No doubt it is moving, in its way, but is it relevant? It looks like generic suffering…

on November 23, 2009 at 2:23 PM
plus j’observe ces lieux, et plus je les admire plus j’observe ces lieux, et plus je les admire

La Cieca admits she’s a little late to the table with this one, but here’s a German TV report on the all-new, all-nude Calixto Bieito production of Gluck’s Armide, currently playing at the Komische Oper. [NSFW, and how rarely La Cieca gets to say that!] [kml_flashembed movie=”http://tr.youtube.com/v/LINaWb2eiEo” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /]

on April 09, 2009 at 4:05 PM

Doyenne of operatic tradition Montserrat Caballé offers her opinions on the art of her compatriot Calixto Bieito. (And what a very fair and balanced attitude the lady has!) [kml_flashembed movie=”http://de.youtube.com/v/IzYXu68wKfo” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] And La Cieca herself heard from an old. old, old friend who has sung a leading role in one of Bieito’s…

on December 05, 2008 at 11:00 AM

La Cieca shouldn’t make fun of amazon.com, because, after all, amazon.com is a major sponsor of this site. But still, even a Benevolent Corporate Overlord goofs every now and again. You probably know that for most CDs amazon sells, the web site offers a section of brief audio previews of each track. Very handy, especially…

on February 15, 2008 at 8:37 AM