NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
IN COPRODUCTION WITH OPÉRA NATIONAL DE LYON, TEATRO REAL MADRID
— WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE DONATRICE D’EXCEPTION DU FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Never had a larger subject been offered to a composer. Here the earth and its powers attempt to fight against God.Honoré de Balzac, Massimilla Doni (1839)
We never stop rediscovering Rossini’s inexhaustible genius and its multiple facets! When Egyptomania was at its height, the French made Rossini their idol and he decided to adapt one of his Neapolitan operas, thus aiming to conquer the Paris Opera. Moses and Pharaoh tells the story of the Hebrew’s departure from Egypt, which climax is the famous crossing of the Red Sea. It is a spectacular grand opera punctuated by plagues and miracles: a work of unique greatness and dramatic power with striking chorus orchestration and demonstrative vocality; a work which fascinated Stendhal and Balzac in their time. Prestigious newcomers are part of this first presentation at the Festival d’Aix: the great specialist of the Italian 19th century Michele Mariotti conducts a very promising cast dominated by Michele Pertusi’s legendary Moses. The multiple award-winner Tobias Kratzer – known for his intelligent rereadings – reminds us of the complex realities of today’s Mediterranean world, between realism and utopia.
As an echo to the plagues in Moses and Pharaoh , the Prohaska Trio embraces the fascinating motif of the divine curse. Their original and eclectic programme spans different periods and [...]
Pene Pati and the Club des Jeunes Mécènes join our commitment to foster the opera of tomorrow.
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Monday 6 June at 9:30 p.m. – Théâtre de l’Archevêché – Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
As night falls over the terraced seating at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché, the first onstage rehearsals of [...]
Rossini’s Moses and Pharaoh (1827) is being performed for the first time this summer at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. This rare work, and grand opera, corresponds to a long-standing [...]