Seven Stones

Ondřej Adámek (1979)

Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
7 8 15 10 12 17 July

Opera a capella for four soloist singers
and twelve chorister singers
Libretto by Sjón
Ondřej Adámek
Léo Warynski*
Stage Director and Choreographer
Éric Oberdorff
Stage and Lighting Designer
Éric Soyer
Costume Designer
Clémence Pernoud*
Stage Director Assistant
Jean-François Kessler
Set Design Assistant
Marie Hervé
Maid / Storyteller
Anne-Emmanuelle Davy
Land Lady / Storyteller
Shigeko Hata*
Stone Collector
Nicolas Simeha
Stone Collector's Wife
Landy Andriamboavonjy
accentus / axe 21
*Former artists of the Académie

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 !

  • Libération

    "A brilliant score and powerfully original using a number of prototype instruments. [...] Adámek is the contemporary scene's troublemaker, but it is obviously his score which is the most impressive originality of this show." Guillaume Tion
  • Luxemburg Wort

    "The music is admirable in its invention, in its humour, in its realisation on stage. It is the revelation of this edition." Stéphane Gilbart
  • Opera Today

    "A futuristic opera indeed. It blew us away by sheer audacity, charmed us by sheer audacity and entertained us by sheer audacity. [...] The singers magnify the colors of their sound world by hitting, rubbing or pounding on abstract constructions" Michael Milenski

    "The singers and musicians of this operatic phenomenon, highly applauded in Aix, deserve more than praise, an ovation." Luc Evrard

time — the difference between man
and stone is time — when man has turned
to dust the stone retains its shape

Sjón, Seven Stones, prologue (2016)

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.

Programme of Seven Stones (pdf in French)

with the support of

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

FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera 2018

Saturday 7 July 2018
Sunday 8 July 2018
Sunday 15 July 2018
Tuesday 10 July 2018
Thursday 12 July 2018
Tuesday 17 July 2018

Prices : 70€, 50€, 30€
Youth ticket price : 9€
Children's discovery offer for all performances
Performance available with season ticket packages and Premium or Prestige offers

1 hour and 20 minutes

Sung in English with French surtitles