31 December 1904 in Aïn M’lila, Algeria
28 July 1996 in Paris
Founded the Festival at the age of 44 and directed it for 24 years
Mozart, opening to other repertoires, notably French contemporary works. Loved discovering talented newcomers
First impresario then artistic adviser at the Opéra National de Paris from 1959 to 1972
The Magician of Aix
I always personally auditioned all the singers I hired. (…) And in the role I had in mind for them. And not just one aria: I wanted them to sing almost the entire work and say all the recitatives. (…) To discover the right one, I listened to many. I spent my time doing that.Gabriel Dussurget
29 July 1922 in Paris
January 1999 in Paris
At the age of 52, he became director of the Festival, which he led for seven years
Bel canto, voice in all its aspects
Worked as a baritone before illness put an end to his career as a singer. Director of the Opéra de Marseille from 1965 to 1968
The Festival must continue to be a great festival of song: singing will reign as the absolute master, and each season will focus entirely or partly on it.Bernard Lefort
26 April 1929
At the age of 53, he became director of the Festival, which he led for 14 years
Rediscovery of baroque operas
Director the Opéra de Lyon from 1969 to 1973 and of the Opéra Studio de Lyon from 1973 to 1979
When I took over responsibility for the Festival, my first wish was not to disturb this mysterious equilibrium that depends on so many intangible things and that makes everyone who has come to Aix say that music here is not quite the same as elsewhere.Louis Erlo
23 January 1953 in Paris
At the age of 45, he became director of the Festival, which he led for nine years
Intermingling the worlds of music, theatre and dance; opening to contemporary creation and to Wagner
Creator of the Académie du Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. After directing Le Châtelet, he became director of the Scala de Milan and later the Opéra de Paris, in 2014
23 November 1953 in Liège
Became director of the Festival at the age of 54
Creation of operas, opening to the Mediterranean, multicultural projects
He led the Théâtre de la Monnaie de Bruxelles from 1992 to 2007. He is also an organist and composer
Appeal to a very wide audience and allow it, thanks to the performers' voices, to interpret the emerging world of tomorrow.Bernard Foccroulle
9 November 1957 in Beirut
Opera Stage Direction: operas from across the whole repertoire including many by Mozart, Glück, Berlioz, Rameau, Rossini, Schönberg and Händel and Wagner’s Ring Cycle.
Repertoire of contemporary music theater works by Harrison Birtwistle, Morton Feldman, Claude Vivier, Theo Loevendie, Guus Janssen, Jonathan Harvey, Hans Werner Henze, Tan Dun, Param Vir, Kaija Saariaho, Alexander Knaifel, Pascal Dusapin, Louis Andriessen and Wolfgang Rihm.
Collaboration with many visual artists notably Karel Appel, Georg Baselitz, Anish Kapoor, Herzog & de Meuron, Jannis Kounellis, Berlinde De Bruyckere and Jonathan Meese.
He founds the Almeida Theatre in London and its Festival of Contemporary Music in 1979, is director of Dutch National Opera from 1988 to 2018, founds and becomes artistic director of the Holland Festival from 2004 to 2014 and is appointed in 2015 Artistic director of the Park Avenue Armory in New York.
His numerous awards include the Leslie Boosey Award for his contribution to British Musical Life, Medal of Honour, Drottninholm Sweden, the Prize of Holland’s Theater Critics, the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Theater Prize and the Amsterdam Cultural Business Award. He becomes in 2009 the first recipient of the Johannes Vermeer Award, State prize for the arts in The Netherlands. He was knighted in the Order of the Dutch Lion in 2000 and was made Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur a few years later.
I am proud to be part of starting in 2019 a new chapter in the Festival’s distinguished history, [...] especially in affirming the relevance of opera and music of the last 400 years through its perpetual evolution, to our modern, increasingly dissipated, world.Pierre Audi