Nov 17, 2007

Aix 2008

Photo Festival d'Aix en Provence

Each year, I keep hoping I might find something interesting in the Aix-en-Provence Summer festival. Each year, I'm proven wrong. The upcoming 60th edition is no exception.

The program includes 6 operas, none of which I'm interesting in.
  • Wagner's Siegfried
  • Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte
  • Mozart's Zaide
  • Haendel's Belshazzar
  • Dusapin's Passion (world premiere)
  • Haydn's L'infedeltà delusa

After the staging in 2006 of Das Rheingold and last summer of Die Walküre, Stéphane Braunschweig comes back to direct this year's Siegfried. Conducting the Berliner Philharmoniker once again is Simon Rattle (cast yet to be revealed but Ben Heppner should be there, alongside with Katarina Dalayman as Brünnhilde, and Burkhard Ulrich).

On the Mozart's front, Christophe Rousset will conduct Cosi, whereas Peter Sellars will direct Zaide in this 2006 production of the Wiener Festwochen.

René Jacobs will take care of Haendel; I have never understood how this former countertenor familiar with baroque can have such a boring way of conducting an already very boring music such as Haendel's. But the audience liking it this way, is even odder. Anyway. This new production, a joined effort with the Berliner Staatsoper unter den Linden and the Innsbrück Festival, will be directed by Christof Nel.

The Dusapin's attempt (world premiere June 29, 2008) is based on a libretto (also written by Dusapin) inspired from Monteverdi, so I guess this remote lineage is enough to schedule this contemporary opera in a baroque & German operas Festival.

Conducting Haydn's L'infedeltà delusa will be Jérémie Rhorer, at the helm of his orchestra, Le Cercle de l'Harmonie.

Opera aside, Karita Mattila will give a concert on July 22 (program to be added) to end the festival; Sylvain Cambreling will conduct the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg in Messaien's Turangalila-Sinfonie on July 5; William Christie will perform Purcell's The Fairy Queen with the singers and orchestra from the European Academy of Music on July 18; Simon Rattle will conduct an all-Haydn program with the Berliner Philharmoniker on July 6, as well as a Brahms/Bartok/Dvorak concert on June 30.

Tickets will be available online from January 23, 7pm.

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