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
الحب هو وهج العالم
وميض النار في كل شيء
يسافر عبر الوجوه وبين الورود
في الجسم والحجر
يحيل كل واحد منا مصباحا
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.
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.
Rendez-vous on June 24th on the Cours Mirabeau for PARADE[S], a festive and participative journey, prologue to the opera!
Fondation Bettencourt Schueller
Fonds Chœur à l'ouvrage
Fondation d'entreprise TOTAL
The Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation
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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