Street Wise © Mary Ellen Mark
Mary Ellen Mark
Philippe Boesmans (1936)


Opera on a libretto by Joël Pommerat
inspired by Carlo Collodi
Commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

In coproduction with La Monnaie / De Munt, the Opéra de Dijon, the Opéra national de Bordeaux

Support of the Ministry of Culture and Communication for the composition of an original work

Prices: €270, €180, €150, €120€, €55€, €30
Youth Prices: €9
Children’s discovery offer for all performances
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

2h15 with an interval
Sung in French with French and English surtitles
Emilio Pomarico
Stage director
Joël Pommerat
Stage and lighting designer
Éric Soyer
Costume designer
Isabelle Deffin
Renaud Rubiano
Un directeur de troupe / un escroc / un meurtrier
Stéphane Degout*
Un père / un meurtrier / un maître d’école
Vincent Le Texier
Un pantin
Chloé Briot*
Un directeur de cabaret / un juge / un escroc / un meurtrier
Yann Beuron
Un mauvais élève / une chanteuse de cabaret
Julie Boulianne
Une fée
Marie-Eve Munger*
Stage musicians
Tcha Limberger
Fabrizio Cassol
Philippe Thuriot
Klangforum Wien
On 3, 7, 11 and 14 July at 8:00pm
On 9 and 16 July at 5:00pm

T'as pas d'argent ? T'es pauvre ?
Oh là, là, là, là, fallait qu'ça tombe encor' sur moi !

You've got no money? You're poor?
Well blow me down — I guess it just had to happen to me again!

Since writer Carlo Collodi unleashed him from his imagination and Geppetto fashioned him from a piece of wood, the puppet Pinocchio has been constantly transformed, adapted and revisited. Now playright and director Joël Pommerat has made an opera character of him, in an ideal collaboration with composer Philippe Boesmans, whose richly coloured musical universe, seems tailor-made for the small wooden figure. He presents the character as a rude and insolent person, eschewing all sentimentality to reconnect with the harsh world that Collodi portrays in his book. Reflecting his conception of theatre as a company endeavour, Joël Pommerat entrusts all the roles in this lyrical tale to six singers in disparate costumes – cabaret fairy, circus director, bad guy – all brought to life by a director who also narrates this story that speaks to everyone, both young and old alike.

* former artists of the Académie

The Festival d’Aix invites you to support the world premiere of Pinocchio and
to benefit of exclusive access to the artistic creation process

I support Pinocchio (pdf)

The production of Pinocchio is supported by:
Baron and Baronne Philippe Bodson, M. Bernard Boon Falleur and Mme France de Kinder, M. and Mme Charles Adriaenssen, M. François Casier, M. and Mme Didier de Callataÿ, M. Frédéric Habets, Mme Francine Loreau, M. and Mme Leonard Schrank, M. and Mme Benoit Van Langenhove de Bouvekercke, M. and Mme Anton Van Rossum, M. and Mme Karel Vinck , M. Jérôme Wigny

The Festival d’Aix would like to thank the Fondation Camargo for hosting the artists during the creation.