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Guide to the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Biography

July 4th - 24th, 2018

Every year since 1948, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence has been boasting a programme of great diversity: opera productions, Mozart operas and early works, major creations, rediscovery of Baroque masterpieces, chamber orchestra operas and exceptional series of concerts. With this diversity, the Festival caters for an ever growing enthusiastic audience of over 81 000 spectators in June and July 2015 and was awarded “Best festival of the year” by the International Opera Awards 2014 in London.

The Festival has opened resolutely new horizons in the domains of artistic creation by fostering young talents. It is with this objective that the Festival wishes to see its opera productions thrive in our contemporary world and travel widely to prestigious national and international venues. In 2015, the Académie du Festival d’Aix welcomed nearly 300 young artists coming from all around the world and turning the Festival into an extraordinary platform of exchange in a shared passion for creation and opera… Among those artists, 116 musicians coming from countries all around the Mediterranean formed the Orchestre des jeunes de la Méditerranée which is now an integrated part of the Festival and allows to foster numerous projects with cultural actors of those countries.

Renowned for its artistic excellence, the Festival d’Aix has over the last years developed into a unique place where innovation is the key word: education and audience innovation with extensive outreach and education programmes, artistic innovation with leading visual artists, cultural innovation with a unique network of international collaborations.

For further information visit the Festival D'Aix-en-Provence site.

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Putting the magic back into Zauberflöte at Aix

Trial by water: Stanislas de Barbeyrac (Tamino), Mari Eriksmoen (Pamina) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
McBurney's brilliant stagecraft brings child-like wonderment to the most hardened adults; his interpretation and Raphaël Pichon's conducting exude Mozartian rightness.
*****
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Occult, mystical, extreme: Prokofiev’s Fiery Angel in Aix

Aušrinė Stundytė (Renata) © Pascal Victor | artcompress
With a stunningly inventive and modern-sounding score, strong acting performances and a staging full of theatrical illusion and coherent in spite of general weirdness, Aix's Fiery Angel impresses.
****1
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Blissful soprano singing: Ariadne in Aix

Rupert Charlesworth (Dancing Master), Sabine Devieilhe (Zerbinetta) and troupe © Pascal Victor / Artcompress
Lise Davidsen and Sabine Devieilhe produce soprano heaven in their contrasting vocal styles. Katie Mitchell’s staging feels disappointingly familiar.
***11
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