The Académie du Festival d'Aix
The Académie du Festival d’Aix is, since 1998, a centre of excellence for vocal and instrumental training, a platform for reflection, experimentation and creation of opera and innovative forms, and also a place that caters for the professional development of young artists. It offers them the opportunity to take part in residencies and perform in concerts and opera productions at the Festival d’Aix as well as on tours across France and abroad throughout the year.
Through its main training areas, which are voice, chamber music, creation, orchestra and mediation, the Académie upholds the values of exchange, development and cultural enrichment in the form of multidisciplinary and intercultural activities, creation and outreach for all of its programmes. Last but not least, through its networks, enoa (European Network of Opera Academies) and Medinea (Mediterranean Incubator of Emerging Artists), the Académie promotes mobility for young artists within the Euro-Mediterranean area all year round, in order to encourage artistic and cultural meetings.
The Académie allows lyric artists to study a given repertoire (Mozartian and Lied, contemporary vocality, etc.) working on style, technique and interpretation during master classes and encounters with renowned specialists.
The Académie welcomes trios and quartets already constituted. These ensembles benefit from the experience and guidance of uncontested masters over the course of various workshops and master classes.
Young composers, librettists, dramaturges, stage directors, scenic designers, costume designers, and choreographers among other creators are invited to tackle and work on different themes having to do with today's lyric creation thanks to their participation in encounters, conferences and debates.
Orchestra and ensembles
Associated since 2014 with the Académie, the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) offers talented young musicians from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region of France and from the Mediterranean basin an immersion in the professional life of ensemble and orchestra musicians. In the final stage of their training, the instrumentalists take part to a great symphonic concert scheduled for the closure of the Festival. Several renowned musicians contribute to the preparation of this concert which is to be conducted by a world famous conductor.
Through its Outreach skills workshops, the Académie offers upcoming professional singers and instrumentalists a training which focuses on mediation, transmission, music introduction and music discovery issues for young and remote audiences.