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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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Aix-en-ProvenceAriadne auf Naxos

Strauss R.: Ariadne auf Naxos
Marc Albrecht; Katie Mitchell; Chloe Lamford; Sarah Blenkinsop; Lise Davidsen; Sabine Devieilhe

Aix-en-ProvenceThe Fiery Angel

Prokofiev: The Fiery Angel
Kazushi Ono; Mariusz Treliński; Boris Kudlička; Kaspar Glarner; Scott Hendricks; Ausrine Stundyte

Aix-en-ProvenceDie Zauberflöte

Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute)
Raphaël Pichon; Simon McBurney; Michael Levine; Nicky Gillibrand; Stanislas de Barbeyrac; Mari Eriksmoen

Aix-en-ProvenceDido and Aeneas

Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Václav Luks; Vincent Huguet; Aurélie Maestre; Caroline de Vivaise; Kelebogile Besong; Sophia Burgos
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Cavalli's Erismena illuminates the Jeu de Paume

Carlo Vistoli (Idraspe) and Francesca Aspromonte (Erismena) © Pascal Victor
Don't attempt to plough through the synopsis, but enjoy Cavalli's sexy score, persuasively performed in Jean Bellorini's modern staging. 
***11
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A rake's progress: Don Giovanni let loose in Aix

Eleanora Buratto (Donna Anna), Philippe Sly (Don Giovanni) and Isabel Leonard (Donna Elvira) © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Jean-François Sivadier's pulsating new production propels The Don through his lusty adventures at a whirlwind pace. 
*****
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McBurney paints a blank canvas in Aix

Paul Appleby (Tom), Hilary Summers (Mother Goose) and Chorus © Pascal Victor | Artcompress
Simon McBurney's production of The Rake's Progress for Festival d'Aix-en-Provence begins with the equivalent of a blank page – a simple white paper box onto which he pours his inspiration.
****1
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