IDOMENEO, RÈ DI CRETA

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART (1756 — 1791)

Théâtre de l'Archevêché
6 8 11 13 15 19 22 July
OPERA SERIA IN THREE ACTS
LIBRETTO IN ITALIAN BY GIAMBATTISTA VARESCO
FIRST PERFORMED ON 29 JANUARY 1781 AT THE THÉÂTRE CUVILLIÉS OF MUNICH
Conductor
Raphaël Pichon*
Stage director
Satoshi Miyagi
Stage designer
Junpei Kiz
Costume designer
Kayo Takahashi Deschene
Lighting designer
Yukiko Yoshimoto
Choreographer
Akiko Kitamura
Assistant to the conductor
Nicolas Ellis
Vocal coach
Alessandro Benigni
Staging and choreography Assistant
Yu Otagaki
Staging and Dramaturgy Assistant
François-Xavier Rouyer
Set Design Assistante
Yui Mitsuhashi
Costumes Assistante
Elisabeth De Sauverzac
Interpreter and translator
Hiromi Ishikawa
Idomeneo
Michael Spyres
Idamante
Anna Bonitatibus
Ilia
Sabine Devieilhe*
Elettra
Siobhan Stagg
Arbace
Linard Vrielink
Gran Sacerdote
Krešimir Špicer
Voce di Nettuno**
Alexandros Stavrakakis
Dancers
Sophie Blet, Idir Chatar, Apolline Di Fazio, Anaïs Michelin, Yumi Osanai
Chorus and Orchestra
Pygmalion
*Former artists of the Académie
**Recorded voice

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
IN COPRODUCTION WITH THÉÂTRE DU CAPITOLE DE TOULOUSE

— WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE DONATRICE D’EXCEPTION DU FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Give me advice, Arbace: for pity's sake save my son for me!

Idomeneo, Re di Creta, Act II, Scene I

In the heat of the storm, Idomeneus, King of Crete, promises Neptune to sacrifice the first human being he should meet: height of tragic fatality, it was to be his own son. Mozart thus parts with a castrating father and ensures the triumph of love. He benefited from exceptional means to compose his first masterpiece – the world’s first orchestra, a tailor-made cast, an extraordinary chorus and ballet – which allowed his endless inspiration to serve the most incredible dramatic and musical experiments. Idomeneo is performed at the Festival d’Aix for only the fourth time and the conditions are ideal: after Requiem (2019), Raphaël Pichon once again brings the Pygmalion Chorus and Orchestra to the Archevêché, thus providing a unique setting for Michael Spyres’ virtuosity and Sabine Devieilhe’s delicacy. Following his recent triumphs at the Festival d’Avignon (Mahabharata, Antigone), Satoshi Miyagi makes his opera debut in Europe and engages a dialogue between Ancient Greece and contemporary Japan.

Wednesday 6 July 2022
9:30pm
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Friday 8 July 2022
9:30pm
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Monday 11 July 2022
9:30pm
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Wednesday 13 July 2022
9:30pm
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Friday 15 July 2022
9:30pm
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Tuesday 19 July 2022
9:30pm
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Friday 22 July 2022
9:30pm
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Tickets: 31€, 59€, 90€, 130€, 165€, 206€, 297€
Youth ticket: 9€
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Performance available with ticket packages and Prestige offer

3 hours with one interval

Sung in Italian with French and English surtitles