Orfeo & Majnun

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

Cours Mirabeau (Aix-en-Provence)
8 July
FRENCH PREMIERE

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
Conductor
Bassem Akiki
Stage Director
Airan Berg
Design of the animals
Roger Titley
Costume Designer and Dramaturge
Martina Winkel
Lighting Designer
Luc Schaltin
Video
Daan Milius
Choreography
Marta Coronado
Majnun
Loay Srouji
Layla
Nai Tamish Barghouti
Orfeo
Yoann Dubruque
Eurydice
Judith Fa
Narrator
Sachli Gholamalizad
Choir Master
Philippe Franceschi
With the participation of amateurs
Amateur chorus from Passerelles groups
Sinfonietta
Session Mediterranean Youth Orchestra
*Former artist of the Académie

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 !

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

Sunday 8 July 2018
10:00pm

Free performance, seats booking from 5 February 2018

French surtitles available freely on http://sous-titres.festival-aix.com

1 hour and 30 minutes

Sung in French, English and Arabic

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