Always very much in demand internationally, director and set designer Romeo Castellucci has seen his work diary also dramatically affected this year by the Covid-19 crisis. Last year, his eagerly awaited musical version of Mozart’s Requiem premiered at Aix-en-Provence, and it was set to celebrate its Vienna premiere on 5June this year in a co-production with the Wiener Festwochen. It is, in fact, the last production Castellucci was able to complete before Italy was overrun by the total lockdown in early March. In this online conversation with Christophe Slagmuylder, he talks about working on Requiem and the extraordinary collaboration with the Pygmalion ensemble, and offers personal insights into his stage production practice. They also discuss his thoughts on the collision between fiction and reality, present-day America, and radical artistic consequences.