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Moneim Adwan (1970), Howard Moody (1964), Dick van der Harst (1959)

Orfeo & Majnun


Project development by Airan Berg
Opera on a libretto by Martina Winkel
Arabic poetic translation by Fatena Al Ghorra
French translation by Alain Perroux
First performed at the Monnaie / De Munt (Bruxelles) on 29 June 2018

New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
Co-commisioned and co-produced by : Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France), La Monnaie / De Munt (Belgium), Valletta 2018 Foundation (Malta), Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft (Austria), Krakowskie Biuro Festiwalowe (Poland), Operadagen Rotterdam (Netherlands), Santa Maria da Feira (Portugal)

A rendezvous MP2018 Quel Amour !

Free performance, seats booking from 5 February 2018

French surtitles available freely on

1 hour and 30 minutes
Sung in French, English and Arabic
Bassem Akiki
Stage Director
Airan Berg
Martina Winkel
Design of the animals
Roger Titley
Costume Designer and Dramaturge
Martina Winkel
Lighting Designer
Luc Schaltin
Daan Milius
Martina Winkel
Marta Coronado
Loay Srouji
Nai Tamish Barghouti
Yoann Dubruque
Judith Fa
Sachli Gholamalizad
Intercultural ensemble of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra
Choir Master
Philippe Franceschi
With the participation of amateurs
Amateur chorus from Passerelles groups
Session Mediterranean Youth Orchestra
*Former artist of the Académie
Cours Mirabeau
On 8 July at 10:00pm

آنية من الزجاج
لمعان ضوء
الحب هو وهج العالم
وميض النار في كل شيء
يسافر عبر الوجوه وبين الورود
في الجسم والحجر
يحيل كل واحد منا مصباحا
نغمات رعشة

A bowl of glass,
A shining light:
Love is the flame of the world.
The flame shimmers in every thing,
Through faces, flowers, body and stone,
Each one a lamp, a vibrating tone.

Martina Winkel, Orfeo & Majnun, scene 3 (Majnun's air), 2018

Orpheus loves Eurydice, whom death takes away from him. Qays loves Layla, but her father forces them apart. Orpheus will sing of his despair to the wild beasts before going to look for his wife in the Underworld, while Qays becomes “Majnun” – a man literally “crazed” with love – who sings his songs to the animals. Orfeo & Majnun springs from the encounter between an inexhaustible Western myth and a famous Arab legend. This major participative opera draws on professionals and amateurs to create a huge fresco that is also a big party. The opera, performed under the starry sky of Provence, will be preceded by an artistic parade in Aix. A chorus, soloists, orchestras and animals of all kinds will sing of their burning desire. And of a love stronger than despair.

with the support of

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Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Fonds Chœur à l'ouvrage
Fondation d'entreprise TOTAL
The Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation

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