— At the Festival

Published on November 8 2016

The Festival d'Aix-en-Provence in Beijing

Le Songe d'une nuit d'été 2015 Théâtre de l'Archevêché Public
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A Midsummer Night's Dream staged by Robert Carsen caused a stir for its world premiere 25 years ago at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché. Over these years of touring the world, this historic opera production has returned in July 2015 in the Festival d'Aix on the stage where it was premiered. Such a revival both acclaimed by the Festival d'Aix audience and the press has once again met with success last october at the Poly Theater during the Beijing Music Festival.

Chinese premiere for Benjamin Britten's A Midsummer Night's Dream staged by Robert Carsen and performed by the China Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Jonathan Darlington. The production has been warmly applauded by the Chinese audience and watched online by 520000 internet users on the livestream webchannel LeMusic.


Robert Carsen's staging sparked real emotion among the Chinese audience.

Metro Reader News, October 2016

Alongside performances, renowned Canadian stage director, Robert Carsen, and the American breathtaking countertenor, Lawrence Zazzo, ran two masterclasses before countless students, teachers, artists, journalists and music lovers.


The Beijing Music Festival awarded Artist of the Year to Robert Carsen.

Beijing Morning Post, October 2016

With these hitherto unseen performances, the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and the Beijing Music Festival set the stage for this five-year collaboration agreement.


It's the first time two top Chinese and French organisations have worked so closely together.

China Youth Daily, October 2016