MOSES AND PHARAOH

GIOACCHINO ROSSINI (1792 — 1868)
7 9 12 14 16 20 July

OPERA IN FOUR ACTS
LIBRETTO BY LUIGI BALOCCHI AND ÉTIENNE DE JOUY
FIRST PERFORMED ON 26 MARCH 1827 AT THE ACADÉMIE ROYALE DE MUSIQUE (SALLE LE PELETIER, PARIS)

Moïse et Pharaon de Gioacchino Rossini – direction musicale Michele Mariotti – mise en scène Tobias Kratzer – Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2022
© Monika Rittershaus
Conductor
Michele Mariotti
Stage director
Tobias Kratzer
Stage and Costume designer
Rainer Sellmaier
Lighting designer
Bernd Purkrabek
Choreographer
Jeroen Verbruggen
Video
Manuel Braun
Assistant to the conductor
Alessandro Bombonati
Vocal coach
Giulio Zappa
Vocal Coach and Language Coach
Mathieu Pordoy
Staging Assistant
Ludivine Petit
Staging Assistant
Stefan Czura
Costumes Assistant
Nathalie Pallandre
Set Design Assistant
Clara-Luisa Hertel
Video Collaborator
Jonas Dahl
Moïse
Michele Pertusi
Pharaon
Adrian Sâmpetrean
Anaï
Jeanine De Bique
Aménophis
Pene Pati
Sinaïde
Vasilisa Berzhanskaya
Eliézer
Mert Süngü
Marie
Géraldine Chauvet
Osiride, A mysterious voice
Edwin Crossley-Mercer*
Aufide
Alessandro Luciano
Elegyne, Syrian Princess
Laurène Andrieu
Dancers
Martin Angiuli, Guido Badalamenti, David Cahier, Clémentine Herveux, Lou Thabart, Emiel Vandenberghe, Chiara Viscido
Stage Extras
Paule Aglietti, Justine Assaf, Loïc Basille, Laetitia Beauvais, Alex Boulin, Maëlle Charpin, Sara Chiostergi, Laura Colin, Gilbert Cordier, Robin Denoyer, Tibo Drouet, Azani Ebengou, Pascal Gabit, Bastien Girard-Lucchini, Anna Kucheva, Perrine Livache,
Ali Nadali, Sébastien Raymond, Maxime Robert, Camille Roesch, Capucine Roget, Léo Rosset, Ema Todorovic, Bernard Traversa, Nathalie Vallée, Franck Ziatni
Video Extras
Bernard Asset, Mickey Aubertin, Loïc Basille, Florence Bonanno, Kilian Chapput, Laurence Galindo, Marjorie Garraud, Simon Gillet, Éric Grimigni, Mathieu Imbert, Léa Keiflin, David Krief, Patrick Marconi, Philippe Martel, Alice Moinet, Matthieu Mora,
Franck Nouzies, Stephan Pastor, Fabrizio Pecorella, Anthony Perroy, Marguerite Pinatel, Marlène Rabinel, Jean Pierre Reginal, Ophélie Rehm, Cyrielle Voguet
Chorus of the Opéra de Lyon
Chef de choeur
Richard Wilberforce
Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon

NEW PRODUCTION OF THE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
IN COPRODUCTION WITH OPÉRA NATIONAL DE LYON, TEATRO REAL MADRID

— WITH THE SUPPORT OF MADAME ALINE FORIEL-DESTEZET, GRANDE DONATRICE D’EXCEPTION DU FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE

Never had a larger subject been offered to a composer. Here the earth and its powers attempt to fight against God.

Honoré de Balzac, Massimilla Doni (1839)

We never stop rediscovering Rossini’s inexhaustible genius and its multiple facets! When Egyptomania was at its height, the French made Rossini their idol and he decided to adapt one of his Neapolitan operas, thus aiming to conquer the Paris Opera. Moses and Pharaoh tells the story of the Hebrew’s departure from Egypt, which climax is the famous crossing of the Red Sea. It is a spectacular grand opera punctuated by plagues and miracles: a work of unique greatness and dramatic power with striking chorus orchestration and demonstrative vocality; a work which fascinated Stendhal and Balzac in their time. Prestigious newcomers are part of this first presentation at the Festival d’Aix: the great specialist of the Italian 19th century Michele Mariotti conducts a very promising cast dominated by Michele Pertusi’s legendary Moses. The multiple award-winner Tobias Kratzer – known for his intelligent rereadings – reminds us of the complex realities of today’s Mediterranean world, between realism and utopia.

  • NEW YORK TIMES
    Like in Resurrection, real-life tragedies are ambiguously but potently evoked – as they are, too, in Tobias Kratzer’s production of Rossini’s Moïse et Pharaon.
    [...] Kratzer does not seem interested in angry indictments, or past accusations of complicity. His staging is, more subtly and powerfully, a sad, unsettling suggestion of our unmalicious but all-too-willing forgetfulness.

     
  • FINANCIAL TIMES
    Aix Festival reviews: a spellbinging Moses and Pharaoh, a gut-wrenching Resurrection.
    Kratzer and his team have turned over every line of the libretto again and again, and the level of insight is boogling.

     
  • LIBÉRATION
    Que ce soit sous le ciel étoilé de la cour de l’Archevêché, ou en direct, le 12 juillet sur Arte, il ne faut pas manquer ce rare et bel hommage au chant français.
Thursday
07
July
2022
23h30
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
Saturday
09
July
2022
23h30
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
Tuesday
12
July
2022
23h30
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
Thursday
14
July
2022
23h30
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
Saturday
16
July
2022
23h30
Théâtre de l'Archevêché
Wednesday
20
July
2022
23h30
Théâtre de l'Archevêché

Tickets: 31€, 59€, 90€, 130€, 165€, 206€, 297€
Youth ticket: 9€
Family Opera Tariff
Performance available with ticket packages and Prestige offer

3 hours and 30 minutes with two intervals

Sung in French with French and English surtitles

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