An explosive Tosca, an apocalyptic Requiem, a dazzling Jakob Lenz, cheers, and boos… Under the direction of Pierre Audi, this 71st edition of the Festival d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence puts the focus on experimentation and is devilishly disturbing. […] “Surprising” is the word to describe this edition, as we hope it will be again next year.
Stage Director, Set Designer, Costume Designer, Lighting Designer
Mozart’s Requiem becomes a revelation at Aix-en-Provence.
In harmony with the conductor Raphaël Pichon, Romeo Castellucci reinvents Mozart’s Requiem as an astounding ode to life.
Conducted by Raphaël Pichon, Mozart’s masterpiece made for a perfect opening night at the Festival d’Aix.
After some performances, you just feel happy. So it was with the opening night of the 2019 Festival d’Aix.
At the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, two great Toscas for the price of one.
Christophe Honoré has taken Puccini’s opera and transformed it into an ode to all divas and into a bitter-sweet Hollywood comedy. This evening, we did not see Tosca, but rather a much more interesting production: a director’s loving gesture to all divas.
Puccini’s opera was a triumph in Aix-en-Provence under the baton of Daniele Rustioni, principal conductor of the Opéra National de Lyon.
The filmmaker Christophe Honoré takes a new look—with mastery and intelligence—at Puccini’s work.
The elaborate scenic design and the meticulously regulated stage guarantee a memorable production.
Jakob Lenz—a chamber opera by Wolfgang Rihm (born in 1952)—became one of the keystones of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence on July 5.
A powerful show
The event and revelation of this festival is hands down Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz.
Andrea Breth’s staging of Wolfgang Rihm’s Jakob Lenz is virtually sublime.
Satirical, political and poetic, all at the same time.
The Sleeping Thousand, the first opera by Israeli composer Adam Maor, left a lasting impression.
A unique, seductive and provocative universe that is a mixture of political fable, philosophical tale and fictional parable.
The opera leaves you pondering.
With much poetry and philosophy, it is the dream of a better world.
A joy of contemporary opera.
The work should be enjoyed as a philosophical tale, with a tight but luxuriant style, and with a sensual vitality and a moral full of wisdom.
Ivo van Hove
Ivo van Hove's new staging of Mahagonny is, quite simply, enjoyable.
Esa-Pekka Salonen’s conducting is reason alone to see this Mahagonny.
From the very first scene, the Belgian director proves that he understands this work.
The Festival d’Aix offers a great production of Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny was of the scenic magnitude to equal the gigantic musical efforts emanating from the pit.
Ivo van Hove’s version of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s opera is timeless and compelling.
Composition, Stage Design & Film
Michel van der Aa
Emerging technology is fully integrated with the concept of the piece —a rarity in classical music, where VR is often applied to existing repertoire.
Few composers have managed to articulate today’s crisis of identity with such potent force and individuality as Van der Aa.
Combining music, theater, 3D cinema and technology, the composer Michel van der Aa has invented a new artistic language.
Blank out is indeed an opera, and a complete, and highly successful, work of art.
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