Trained at the renowned Parisian theater school Cours Florent with Valérie Nègre, Philippe Joiris, and Isabelle Nanty, Philippe Calvario created his own company in 1996 and has so far produced and directed more than 20 theater and opera productions.
In 1997 part of the Festival Universitaire of Nanterre (Paris suburbs), he directed Ma solange, comment t’écrire mon désastre by Noëlle Renaude and in 1998, a collective work called Et maintenant le silence? A few months later both productions were presented in Paris at the Théâtre du Ranelagh and at the Théâtre de la Bastille. In 2000 the director of the Théâtre Nanterre-Amandiers, Jean-Pierre Vincent, invited Calvario to stage Cymbeline as part of the Festival d’Automne à Paris.
Then, Calvario was invited for a 3-year residency at the Théâtre des Bouffes du Nord, Paris, where he staged La Mouette by Tchekhov (2000), Roberto Zucco by Bernard-Marie Koltès (2004), and Grand et petit by Botho Strauss (2005).
Also in 2005 he was invited by the Théâtre des Amandiers to direct Shakespeare's Richard III with actor Philippe Torreton and the following year (2006) Electra by Sophocle with Jane Birkin.
In 2008-2009 Calvario staged Juste la fin du monde by Jean-Luc Lagarce at the Théâtre National Drama in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Parasites by Marius Von Mayenburg at the Théâtre des Amandiers, Nanterre.
In 2010 he started a collaboration with the Parisian theater Théâtre de l’Athénée-Louis Jouvet, directing La visite inopportune by Copi with actors Michel Fau and Marianne James followed in 2012 by Les larmes amères de Petra Von Kant by Fassbinder with Maruschka Detmers in the main role.
Calvario’s stagings have all played in Paris and its extended suburbs and toured in French cities as well as in Europe.
In 2004 he directed his first opera L’Amour des trois oranges by Prokofiev for the Festival d’Arts Lyriques in Aix-en-Provence, Théâtre National du Luxembourg, and Teatro Real in Madrid. The following year he directed the opera version of Angels in America, by Tony Kushner, with music by Peter Etvös, and performers including Barbara Hendricks and Julia Migenes at the Paris Théâtre du Châtelet. In 2008, he directed Belshazzar, an oratorio by Handel at the Opera of Haale, part of the Handel Festival.
In 2009 he directed Iphigénie en Tauride by Gluck at the Hamburg Staatsoper together with a renowned international cast including Toby Spence, Christopher Maltman, Krassimira Stoyanova.
Calvario also directed two concerts for Julia Migenes (alter ego and Lieders by Franz Schubert) and a show at the Casino de Paris with American actress Dita Von Teese.
Philippe Calvario served as artistic adviser for Patrice Chéreau’s staging of Phèdre by Racine. The two will soon collaborate again on readings of selected texts and excerpts of Le Mausolée des Amants by French author Hervé Guibert, a project commissioned by the Odéon-Théâtre de l’Europe and the Opéra Comique. The production will tour throughout France.
Philippe Calvario is also working now on a feature film.
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