Calixto Bieito

Calixto Bieito directs:


Theater Basel, Switzerland

(from 19th October 2008)


Thomas Herzog“Zarzuela Galas” don’t come any more intriguing than this. In Basel from next month, controversial Catalan director Calixto Bieito will be in charge of staging Pasión, a “typically Spanish” evening of highlights from “this unpretentious form of music theatre”, touching “simple people in grotesque situations, bizarre characters in everyday happenings”. The music is (as we know!) “full of passion, sensuality and joie de vivre. At the same time it also “raises a melancholic, even sometimes nostalgic look at everyday life.” The production, conducted by leading zarzuela specialist Thomas Herzog, will feature a cast including Leandra Overmann and Karl-Heinz Brandt, on the Kleine Bühne of the Theater Basel. There are eight performances, stretching into the Christmas period, of what promises to be an unusually lively zarzuela festivity.

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CW, 15/IX/2008

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