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Venue: Théâtre de l'Archevêché, Aix-en-Provence

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Address26 Rue Gaston de Saporta
13100 Aix-en-Provence
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
France
Google maps43° 31' 52.490" N 5° 26' 51.253" E
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The devil rides a violin bow in Falstaff at Aix

A highly successful Falstaff at the Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence, for our greater pleasure: a true lesson in joy in a world where, we are told, all is but a joke.
*****
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Blissful soprano singing: Ariadne in Aix

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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A rake's progress: Don Giovanni let loose in Aix

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

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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Robert Carsen's legendary Dream returns to Aix

A trip down memory lane sends our man in Aix into raptures as Robert Carsen's production of Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream comes home to Provence. 
*****
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Kušej's new Entführung disappointingly toothless

An updating of Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail to the post-World War One era in a desert fails to inspire in Aix. 
**111
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Charpentier's David et Jonathas in Aix-en-Provence

One of the most sophisticated offerings in the 2012 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence is a new production of Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s David et Jonathas.
****1
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Festival d’Aix-en-Provence opens with new Figaro

The 2012 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence began its four-week feast of opera and music with Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro—and could there be better a way? Nothing can beat the sublime company of Mozart, Da Ponte and Beaumarchais on a summer evening in the open-air Théâtre de l'Archevêché.
****1
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