SAMSON

JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU (1683-1764)

WORLD PREMIERE FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE
A COPRODUCTION WITH THÉÂTRE NATIONAL DE L’OPÉRA-COMIQUE

WITH THE SUPPORT OF

GRANDE DONATRICE D’EXCEPTION DU FESTIVAL D’AIX-EN-PROVENCE

AMMODO AND CERCLE DES MÉCÈNES ASSOCIÉS

Opera

NEW WORK BY CLAUS GUTH AND RAPHAËL PICHON FREELY BASED ON SAMSON, A LOST OPERA BY JEAN-PHILIPPE RAMEAU AND A CENSURED LIBRETTO BY FRANÇOIS-MARIE AROUET DIT VOLTAIRE (1734 AND 1736), INSPIRED BY THE BIBLE (THE BOOK OF JUDGES)

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Conductor and musical concept
Raphaël Pichon*
Stage direction, concept and scenario
Claus Guth
Set design
Étienne Pluss
Costume design
Ursula Kudrna
Lighting design
Bertrand Couderc
Choreography
Sommer Ulrickson
Sound design
Mathis Nitschke
Video
rocafilm
Editorial associate
Eddy Garaudel
Dramaturgy
Yvonne Gebauer
Samson
Jarrett Ott
Dalila
Jacquelyn Stucker
Timna
Lea Desandre*
Achisch
Nahuel di Pierro
Elon
Laurence Kilsby
L'Ange
Julie Roset*
Un convive
Antonin Rondepierre
La Mère de Samson
Andréa Ferréol
Choir and Orchestra
Pygmalion
*Former artists of the Académie

About

When, in 1733, Voltaire, the most brilliant mind of his day, collaborates with Rameau, its greatest composer, in undertaking an ambitious reform of operatic practice, the result is the biblical opera Samson. But the libretto is condemned and the score lost – possibly reworked here and there in later compositions. Claus Guth and Raphaël Pichon, haunted by this interesting project that had turned into one of the most intriguing failures in operatic history, have tried, not to recreate the letter, but to revive the spirit: to marry a strong, noble libretto with the most eloquent music. Samson is the chosen of God, but his extraordinary strength isolates him as much as it marks him out: a succession of failed love affairs turns him into a destructive force, making this biblical Hercules the first suicidal to be a mass murderer. Supporting Jarrett Ott, Jacquelyn Stucker and Lea Desandre in the principal roles, the Pygmalion chorus and orchestra become important actors in a fresco that is both sublime and astonishingly modern.

Performances

Thursday4July 2024
Théâtre de l'Archevêché9:30 PM
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Saturday6July 2024
Théâtre de l'Archevêché9:30 PM
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Tuesday9July 2024
Théâtre de l'Archevêché9:30 PM
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Friday12July 2024
Théâtre de l'Archevêché9:30 PM
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Monday15July 2024
Théâtre de l'Archevêché9:30 PM
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Thursday18July 2024
Théâtre de l'Archevêché9:30 PM
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Catégorie Plus
€300.00
Catégorie 1
€220.00
Catégorie 2
€175.00
Catégorie 3
€135.00
Catégorie 4
€93.00
Catégorie 5
€60.00
Catégorie 6
€32.00

Youth prices: €90, €66, €52, €40, €27, €18, €10

Performance available with ticket packages and Dinner & Opera offer

Sung in French with French and English surtitles
2 hours and 25 minutes with one interval

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