Born in 1960 in Cesena (Italy), Romeo Castellucci is a director and author and moreover designs the stage sets, costumes and lighting schemes of his productions. He has achieved worldwide fame for his uniquely personal theatre that aims for a totality of all art forms and their holistic perception by the spectator. His theatre is dedicated to a dramaturgy that suspends the primacy of literature and thus makes theatre become a complex, plastic art form of outstanding visual and visionary power. Due to its radical aesthetic position, the troupe Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio, co-founded by Romeo Castellucci in 1981, is considered one of the most important contemporary companies worldwide. His productions are regularly invited by the most prestigious theatres, opera houses and festivals in more than 50 countries on all continents. Romeo Castellucci has received numerous awards and honours that include the title of a Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres and the Golden Lion of the Venice Biennale. Most recently, he directed Salome (2018) at the Salzburg Festival, The Magic Flute (2018) at La Monnaie in Brussels, Alessandro Scarlatti’s Il Primo Omicidio (2019) at the Paris Opera and Mozart’s Requiem (2019) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (a co-production with Wiener Festwochen). In 2019, a critics’ survey of Opernwelt magazine nominated him Best Opera Director and Stage Designer of the Year. Over time, numerous productions of Romeo Castellucci have been shown by Wiener Festwochen: La Discesa di Inanna (1990), Amleto (1992), Giulio Cesare (1997), Il Combattimento di Tancredi a Clorinda (2000), Purgatorio(2009), Sul concetto di volto nel figlio di Dio (2013), Orfeo ed Euridice (2014), Go Down Moses (2015), Democracy in America(2017), La Vita Nuova and Le Metope del Partenone (2019).