This edition marks the great return of baroque music to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, with the production of Combattimento: The Black Swan Theory, a symbolic meditation imagined by French conductor Sébastien Daucé and Italian stage director Silvia Costa around the themes of combat, tears and utopia.
To Monteverdi’s Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda, which lends its name to this new production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Sébastien Daucé adds musical scores from Northern Italy: laments, madrigals, arias and instrumental pieces from the Italian Baroque of the Seicento, by composers Claudio Monteverdi, Luigi Rossi, and Francesco Cavalli; the cream of the following generation, including Tarquinio Merula, Giacomo Carissimi, and Giovanni Battista Buonamente; and, alongside all these great innovators, Tiburtio Massaino, a representative from the old tradition of Palestrina.
Enriched by her long collaboration with Romeo Castellucci (Requiem, 2019), the multifaceted artist Silvia Costa directs this production—a (paradoxically) fertile example of the Theatre of Catastrophe—in a staging filled with images and symbols. From his harpsicord, Sébastien Daucé conducts the Correspondances ensemble, and eight of the most renowned singers of the Italian Baroque repertoire.
> 8 performances from 3 to 18 July at 5pm or 8pm at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
Combattimento, The Black Swan Theory is broadcasted live on 7 July on France Musique.