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Published on July 19 2017


Répétitions d'Erismena, nouvelle production 2017 du Festival et de son Académie
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Many young talents spotted by the Academy will be appearing on stage at Festival d’Aix this summer!


Stéphane Degout and Chloé Briot will be playing in Pinocchio – the world premiere by Joël Pommerat to a contemporary composition by Philippe Boesmans (3, 7, 9, 11, 14 and 16 July at Grand Théâtre de Provence) – while Marie-Eve Munger will be singing the part of the Fairy, the puppet’s confidante and wise advisor.

The charismatic mezzo-soprano Stéphanie d’Oustrac is playing Carmen as imagined by producer Dmitri Tcherniakov. The cast of this new production also features Elsa Dreisig, Guillaume Andrieux and Mathias Vidal. Let’s also mention Julie Fuchs and Krzysztof Baczyk, Zerlina and Masetto in Jean-François Sivadier’s Don Giovanni (6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 21 July at Théâtre de l’Archevêché).

Lastly, Erismena, a new production for the Festival and its Academy, is full of former Academy artists: Francesca Aspromonte, Carlo Vistoli, Alexander Miminoshvili, Lea Desandre, Andrea Bonsignore, Stuart Jackson and Jonathan Abernethy.


When I started singing, there were stages of my career I dreamt of. To be HSBC Laureate of the Académie du Festival d'Aix is a plus!

Lea Desandre

We take a closer look at three former Academy artists, who were named HSBC 2016 Laureates:

Crowned Best Lyrical Artist at the last Victoires de la musique classique, the mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre plays Flerida in Erismena. The work of Venetian composer Cavalli, this Baroque gem is conducted by Leonardo García Alarcón, with stage direction and lighting by Jean Bellorini; a new production of Festival d’Aix and its Academy to see at Théâtre du Jeu de Paume (7, 9, 12, 15, 16, 18, 20 and 21 July).

Baritone Guillaume Andrieux takes on the role of Dancaire in a new version of Carmen by Dmitri Tcherniakov, from the viewpoint of Don José. Dancaire, the head smuggler, aids Don José. A masterpiece conducted by the Spanish Pablo Heras-Casado to rediscover on 4, 6, 8, 10, 13, 15, 17 and 20 July at Grand Théâtre de Provence.

Lastly, Evan Hughes performs in The Rake’s Progress, a Stravinski opera staged by Simon McBurney. As Nick Shadow 2 – and as a complement to Kyle Ketelsen who sings Nick Shadow – his bass-baritone voice translates the dark side, “the devil’s shadow”, of the main character Tom Rakewell. The Rake’s Progress can be heard at Théâtre de l’Archevêché on 5, 7, 11, 14 and 18 July.

Find out about the careers of these young artists!

On the occasion of their nomination as HSBC 2016 Laureates, they will be telling us of the links they have made with the Académie du Festival d'Aix.