But as it is – in times of the pandemic – this premiere will at least take place via live stream (6 p.m., free of charge at play.wiener-staatsoper.at) and ORF III (from 8:15 p.m., live-time-shifted). The KURIER met Calixto Bieito in the Schwindfoyer of the house and with a negative Corona test for the interview.
COURIER: Mr. Bieito, there was a lot of excitement leading up to this production. You had to replace the originally scheduled tenor, then Anita Rachvelishivili fell ill with Corona, the rehearsals had to be suspended – how was this experience for you?
The se singers, this perfect orchestra, this conductor! I can only be grateful.
Nevertheless, it is and will remain a television premiere for the time being …
I hope that we can present this ‘Carmen’ to an audience soon. Everyone involved deserved it so much.
Have you adapted your staging for the TV cameras?
No! I stayed true to my concept. Because we want to do opera and theater for the public, and ‘Carmen’ has been with me for a long time.