New production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with accentus / axe 21, Opéra de Rouen Normandie, ARS Musica
A rendezvous MP2018 Quel Amour !
time — the difference between man
and stone is time — when man has turned
to dust the stone retains its shape
A mineralogist-collector who has got lost down a snowy lane remembers: many years earlier, he had gone in search of the first stone – the one that was almost used to stone to death the adulterous woman who was saved by Christ. During this seven-year long journey that takes him from Buenos Aires to Paris and from Japan to Iceland, the collector discovered many other stones... And the end of his journey leads to the conclusion of his quest – and to tragedy. Presenting this chamber fresco in the elegant red velvet atmosphere of the Jeu de Paume Theatre, Icelandic poet Sjón and Czech composer Ondřej Adámek tell a universal story that has the grace of our dreams and the force of our nightmares. Giving life to the shimmering precious stones of the opera in English are the voices of twelve choral singers from accentus and four soloists, who will be playing a number of surprising instruments and objects, some specially invented for this original, accessible and fascinating new production.
Ministry of Culture and Communication
(Support for the writing of an original musical work)
Fondation Meyer pour le développement culturel et artistique
Fonds de Création Lyrique
Monsieur Bernard Barone, Madame Anne-Laurence Bonnot, Monsieur François Bournerias, Madame Caroline Claverie, Madame Edilia Gaenz, Monsieur Stéphane Péard et Madame et Monsieur Demesthene Severis