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Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence

Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence

Music lovers are always delighted to discover the new program of the Festival of Lyric Art in Aix en Provence. The announcement creates the event since it is one of the most prestigious in Europe and in the world. The Festival d'Aix, which has brought together the big names in the lyric art for more than 70 years.

"Since the cancelation of this past edition, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence has expanded its ambitions for its 2021 edition, which we hope will be exceptional. We all have an urgent need to enjoy beauty and art together, live, in the present—even though we do not yet know what tomorrow will bring.

We are therefore proposing eight new productions and a concert-version of one opera, covering a wide range of eras and styles, from Monteverdi, Cavalli and Rossi to contemporary creations, and including Mozart, with The Marriage of Figaro; the two giants of nineteenth-century opera—Wagner, with Tristan und Isolde, to be performed for the first time at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and Verdi, with I due Foscari and Falstaff—and the twentieth century and the Russian repertoire, thanks to Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel.
Today’s music, vigorously championed by the “Incises” series, has a special place of honour, with two world premieres: Innocence, a multiplot opera with a thriller slant, by the Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho, and The Arab Apocalypse, a modern oratorio by the Israeli-Palestinian composer Samir Odeh-Tamimi that allegorizes the terrible cataclysm of the Lebanese Civil War, a ceaseless tragedy with global repercussions. Woman at Point Zero, a poignant appeal for the emancipation of women by the Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk, will also be performed as a French creation.

It takes the greatest artists available to do justice to these works, including friends of the Festival, such as Sir Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra, who will be making their big return, and Daniele Rustioni, with the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon; and prestigious newcomers, like Barrie Kosky and Simon Stone— both “in residency” for two premieres—, Susanna Mälkki, Thomas Hengelbrock conducting the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble, Lotte de Beer, and Silvia Costa and Sébastien Daucé with Ensemble Correspondances."

Pierre Audi, Director

The 2021 season of the Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix-en-Provence is not to be missed. Reservations are open! You have to book your opera and concert tickets quickly to not miss anything and get the best seats!

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