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3 — 23 JUILLET 2024

FESTIVAL D’AIX—EN—PROVENCE
BEST FESTIVAL AWARD 2023 INTERNATIONAL OPERA AWARDS

Opera neither replicates nor diverts us from a world which grows more and more confusing with every day that passes. It links this world with times immemorial and primeval passions, nurturing their brilliant impact with its inimitable riches.

Iphigenia, the granddaughter of Atreus, morphs from victim to murderess, Samson the chosen one is marked out by his strength to the point of bloodshed, Butterfly’s vulnerability drives her to her death: the festival of 2024 is peopled by these powerfully ambivalent destinies. We are faced with a storm of violence, madness and destruction; but these are balanced by fidelity, will power, the fight for justice and freedom. Here we find human fragility fighting against its own barbarity by means of the most sublime and passionate of languages.

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In counterpoint with its programme of operas, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence presents an ambitious collection of concerts to increase that programme’s impact.

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[ REHEARSALS ] SAMSON

Rehearsals of SAMSON by Jean-Philippe Rameau, new work by Claus Guth and Raphaël Pichon, world premiere 2024 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Pictures
Monday, June 10, 2024

[ REHEARSALS ] IPHIGÉNIE EN AULIDE — IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE

Rehearsals of IPHIGÉNIE EN AULIDE - IPHIGÉNIE EN TAURIDE, by Christoph Willibald Gluck, new production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2024 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Pictures
Monday, June 10, 2024

[ REHEARSALS ] MADAMA BUTTERFLY

Rehearsals of MADAMA BUTTERFLY by Giacomo Puccini, new production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2024 Festival d’Aix-en-Provence © Jean-Louis Fernandez
Pictures
Monday, June 10, 2024

[ PREPARING FOR THE FESTIVAL ] INSTALLING THE SET OF MADAMA BUTTERFLY

A look back at the set construction of Madama Butterfly at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché. Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2024 © Vincent Beaume
Pictures
Monday, June 3, 2024
Documentaire Ammodo Docs sur Pierre Audi

[ DOCUMENTARY ] PIERRE AUDI, OPERA DIRECTOR, IN ‘THREE ACTS’

Discover Pierre Audi’s work as stage director in this documentary produced by the Ammodo foundation. The film shows the general director of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence as he prepares for a rendition of Simon Boccanegra at the New National Theatre Tokyo. For the 2024 Festival d’Aix, Pierre Audi is staging Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, which you can see from 17 to 23 July 2024 at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. > Ammodo Docs is a series of artistic shorts about original minds. In fifteen-minute films, renowned Dutch filmmakers challenge you to see the world through the eyes of pioneers in the arts and science. The first seven films were released in 2023. By producing new films each year, Ammodo Docs works to build a growing, publicly accessible collection of documentaries about diverse contemporary challenges. Ammodo supports innovative and visionary contemporary artistic projects as well as fundamental and groundbreaking scientific research. The organisation offers highly regarded artists, arts organisations and scientists space and time to immerse themselves in their work and contributes to showcasing that work. In doing so, Ammodo stimulates the development of arts and science. Aware that artists open our horizons and revolutionise our world and our society, Ammodo supports the Festival d’Aix’s creative initiatives such as the world premiere Samson and Songs and Fragments show cases.
Video
Friday, May 31, 2024

[ PREPARING FOR THE FESTIVAL ] INSTALLING THE SET OF SAMSON

A look back at the set construction of the world premiere Samson at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché. Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2024 © Vincent Beaume
Pictures
Friday, May 31, 2024

[ PICTURES ] 2024 AU GRAND AIR

Here’s a quick look back at Au Grand Air, an open-air musical walking path created as part of the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée’s 2024 Au Grand Air session which took place on May 16 and 17, and on May 19 in partnership with the Biennale d'Aix. Led by Violaine Fournier, this artistic outreach programme provided a true professional experience to four artists from the OJM. The session resulted in the creation of a ‘musical journey’ at the Bibémus quarries, specially designed for groups supported by Passerelles, the Festival d’Aix's department of cultural initiatives, and for the Biennale d'Aix audience. 2024 Festival d'Aix-en-Provence © Vincent Beaume
Pictures
Tuesday, May 21, 2024
Atelier de création – The Great Yes, The Great No © Stella Olivier

[ PICTURES ] CREATIVE WORKSHOP — THE GREAT YES, THE GREAT NO

A look back in pictures at the creative workshop for The Great Yes, The Great No by William Kentridge, a new production to be discovered from 7 to 10 July at LUMA Arles.
Pictures
Friday, May 17, 2024
Klaus Mäkelä

[ DOCUMENTARY ] ‘KLAUS MÄKELÄ, VERS LA FLAMME’

ARTE, a media partner of the Festival d’Aix, is releasing a documentary profile of Klaus Mäkelä, a brilliant, young and charismatic conductor who debuted at the Festival in 2021 with the Orchestre de Paris. After first returning in 2023 for Stravinsky's Ballets russes, he will be back again this summer to conduct two highly anticipated concerts at the Grand Théâtre de Provence.
At the Festival
Tuesday, May 14, 2024
Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2023 - Academie - Résidence d'expérimentation juillet 2023 - Ateliers de Venelles

2024 MULTIDISCIPLINARY RESIDENCY: DISCOVER THE ARTISTS IN THE ACADEMY'S NEW RESIDENCY!

For its 26th edition, the Académie is implementing a new residency programme that offers greater visibility to multidisciplinary artists and explores new areas of aesthetics.
Académie
Monday, April 22, 2024
OJM 2023

[ VIDEO EXCERPTS ] OJM’S SYMPHONIC SESSION 2023

Relive the 2023 concert of the symphonic session of the Orchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée. An opportunity to rediscover the OJM, celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and the Mediterranean talents of tomorrow, on July 20th under the direction of Evan Rogister. JACQUES IBERT — EscalesOJM — Collective creationGAMAL ABDEL-RAHIM — Variations on an Egyptian FolktuneMAURICE RAVEL — La Valse Musical direction / Duncan WardOrchestre des Jeunes de la Méditerranée Mentorship / Fabrizio Cassol - Quentin Hindley - London Symphony Orchestra Video direction : Fikus Prod
Video
Monday, April 22, 2024
Pelléas et Mélisande - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016

[ VIDEO EXCERPTS ] PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE

(Re-)watch clips from Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande featuring Barbara Hannigan (Mélisande), Stéphane Degout (Pelléas) and Laurent Naouri (Golaud). This opera production, staged by Katie Mitchell in 2016, is being revived from 6 to 17 July at the Grand Théâtre de Provence. LEARN MORE ABOUT PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE BOOK YOUR TICKETS
Video
Friday, April 12, 2024