COMBATTIMENTO: THE BLACK SWAN THEORY

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI, TIBURTIO MASSAINO, FRANCESCO CAVALLI, GIACOMO CARISSIMI, TARQUINIO MERULA, LUIGI ROSSI

Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
3 5 7 9 10 14 16 18 July
LAMENTATIONS, MADRIGAUX, AIRS OU PIÈCES INSTRUMENTALES DE CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI (1567 — 1643), TIBURTIO MASSAINO (1550-1609), FRANCESCO CAVALLI (1602 — 1676), GIACOMO CARISSIMI (1605-1674), TARQUINIO MERULA (1595-1665), LUIGI ROSSI (1597 — 1653)
Combattimento, la théorie du cygne noir de Monteverdi, Rossi, Cavalli mis en scène par Silvia Costa - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2021
© Monika Rittershaus
Conductor
Sébastien Daucé
Stage Director & Designer
Silvia Costa
Costume Designer
Laura Dondoli
Lighting Designer
Bernd Purkrabek
Dramaturge
Antonio Cuenca Ruiz
Staging Collaborator
Rosabel Huguet Dueñas
Set Collaborator
Maroussia Vaes
Vocal
Valerio Contaldo*
Vocal
Lucile Richardot
Vocal
Julie Roset*
Vocal
Etienne Bazola
Vocal
Nicolas Brooymans
Vocal
Caroline Weynants
Vocal
Antonin Rondepierre
Vocal
Blandine de Sansal
Extra
Justine Assaf-Hausfater
Orchestra
Ensemble Correspondances
*former artists of the Académie

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH THÉÂTRE DE CAEN

Let us not weep for those who weep; it is pointless for everyone. Rather, let us explore the realm of possibilities— i.e., the chances for transformation or emancipation bound to all these figures in tears.

Georges Didi-Huberman, Peuples en larmes, peuples en armes (2016)

What tides of fate have led Tancredi to a battlefield where he unknowingly affronts Clorinda, his true love, and eventually kills her? This improbable event that nonetheless occurs is known as a “black swan”: an inconceivable catastrophe to which a community must give meaning in order to surpass their tears and construct a brighter future on the ruins. With Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda (“The Combat of Tancredi and Clorinda”), an incredible masterpiece of the baroque period, Monteverdi also seemed like an unexpected and highly prolific musical event. In Combattimento: The Black Swan Theory, conductor Sébastien Daucé and stage director Silvia Costa have imagined a symbolic journey through some of the most powerful emotions in Italian baroque music, including laments, madrigals, arias and instrumental pieces composed by Monteverdi, Rossi, Cavalli and their contemporaries during one of the heights of the era. For the audience, the emotional force provides an occasion for powerful catharsis.

LIBRETTO OF COMBATTIMENTO, THE BLACK SWAN THEORY (PDF)

Saturday 3 July 2021
5:00pm
Monday 5 July 2021
8:00pm
Wednesday 7 July 2021
8:00pm
Friday 9 July 2021
8:00pm
Saturday 10 July 2021
8:00pm
Wednesday 14 July 2021
8:00pm
Wednesday 14 July 2021
8:00pm
Friday 16 July 2021
8:00pm
Sunday 18 July 2021
8:00pm

Tickets €30, €55, €90
Youth Tickets €9
Family Opera Tariff
Performance available with the Ticket Package

1h30 without interval

Sung in Italian with French and English surtitles