Opera

Dido and Æneas

Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)

Opera in one prologue and three acts
Libretto by Nahum Tate
Text of the prologue by Maylis de Kerangal
First performed on December 1689 at the Boarding School for girls from Chelsea

Conductor - Václav Luks
Stage director - Vincent Huguet*
Stage designer - Aurélie Maestre
Costume designer - Caroline de Vivaise
Lighting designer - Bertrand Couderc
Dramaturge - Louis Geisler

Dido - Anaïk Morel
Woman from Cyprus - Rokia Traoré
Æneas - Tobias Greenhalgh
Belinda - Sophia Burgos
Sorceress / Spirit - Lucile Richardot
Second Woman - Rachel Redmond
First Witch - Fleur Barron*
Second Witch - Majdouline Zerari*
Sailor - Peter Kirk

Chorus and orchestra - Ensemble Pygmalion

2018 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with the Bolshoi Theater - State Academic Theater of Russia
 



Seven Stones

Ondřej Adámek (born in 1979)

A capella opera for 4 solo singers and 12 choral singers
Libretto by Sjón
Commissioned by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence
World premiere

Conductor - Ondřej Adámek
Stage director and choreographer - Éric Oberdoff
Stage and lighting designer - Éric Soyer*
Costume designer - Clémence Pernoud*

Maid / Storyteller - Anne-Emmanuelle Davy
Land Lady / Storyteller - Shigeko Hata*
Stone Collector - Nicolas Simeha
Stone Collector's Wife - Landy Andriamboavonjy

Chorus - accentus / axe 21

2018 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
A coproduction with accentus / axe 21, Opéra de Rouen Normandie, ARS Musica
 



Erismena

Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)

Dramma per musica in one prologue and three acts
Libretto by Aurelio Aureli
First performed on 26 (or le 30) December 1655 at the Theater San Apollinare, Venice

Conductor - Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage director and lighting - Jean Bellorini
Stage designer - Jean Bellorini and Véronique Chazal
Costume designer - Macha Makeïeff

Erismena - Francesca Aspromonte*
Idraspe - Carlo Vistoli*
Aldimira - Susanna Hurrell
Orimeno - Jakub Józef Orliński*
Erimante - Alexander Miminoshvili*
Flerida - Lea Desandre*
Argippo - Andrea Vincenzo Bonsignore*
Alcesta - Stuart Jackson*
Clerio Moro - Tai Oney
Diarte - Jonathan Abernethy*

Orchestra - Cappella Mediterranea

2017 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

On tour

28 and 30 March 2019 in the Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg
Conductor: Leonardo García Alarcón
 



Kalîla wa Dimna

Moneim Adwan (born in 1970)

Opera in Arabic and French
Libretto by Fady Jomar and Catherine Verlaguet, inspired by The Book Kalîla wa Dimna attributed to Ibn al-Muqaffa
Commissioned by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
World premiere

Conductor - Zied Zouari
Stage director - Olivier Letellier*
Set designer - Erich Charbeau et Philippe Casaban
Costume designer - Nathalie Prats
Lighting designer - Sébastien Revel
Artistic associate - Leah Hausman

Kalîla - Ranine Chaar
Dimna - Moneim Adwan
Le Roi - Mohamed Jebali
La Mère du Roi - Reem Talhami
Chatraba - Jean Chahid

Violin - Zied Zouari
Cello - Yassir Bousselam*
Clarinet - Selaatin Kabassi*
Qanûn - Abdulsamet Çelikel*
Percussion - Wassim Halal

2016 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
A coproduction with Opéra de Lille and Opéra de Dijon
With the support of the Abu Dhabi Festival
 



Svadba

A cappella opera for 6 women voices
Music and libretto by Ana Sokolović (born in 1968)
World premiere on 24 June 2011 at Berkeley Street Theatre in Toronto
European premiere in stage version

Conductor - Sébastien Boin 
Stage director - Ted Huffman* et Zack Winokur
Direction assistant - Antonio Cuenca Ruiz*
Set and costume designer - Samal Blak
Video - Sven Ortel                   
Lighting designer - Marcus Doshi

Milica - Florie Valiquette*
Danica - Liesbeth Devos*
Lena - Jennifer Davis
Zora - Pauline Sikirdji
Nada - Anna Destraël
Ljubica - Mireille Lebel

2015 production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
Commissioned and original productiond by Dáirine Ní Mheadhra and John Hess du Queen of Puddings Music Theater of Toronto
 



Be With Me Now

Musical performance for 5 singers dans 4 instrumentalists
World premiere

Stage director - Julien Fišera*
Conception and dramaturgy - Isabelle Kranabetter* and Julien Fišera*
Conductor and piano - MaNOj Kamps*
Set and costume designer - Samal Blak
Lighting designer - Kevin Briard*
Video device - Jérémie Scheidler
Video filming - Pascal Poissonnier

Soprano - Maartje Rammeloo
Pamina - Rannveig Káradóttir
Mezzo-soprano - Kinga Borowska*
Tamino - Gwilym Bowen / Ioannis Kalyvas
Baritone - Tomasz Kumięga*
Flute - Ana Filipa Lima
Violin - Fanglei Liu
Cello - Sébastien Van Kuijk*

2015 production of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and its Académie, for enoa 5th anniversary.
A co-production with Aldeburgh Music, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Bayerische Theaterakademie, LOD music theatre, Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel, Teatr Wielki - PNO, Dutch National Opera
With the support of enoa
 



Trauernacht

Cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750)

Conductor - Raphaël Pichon*
Stage director - Katie Mitchell
Costume and stage designer - Vicki Mortimer
Lighting designer - James Farncombe

The Father - Frode Olsen
Other members of the family :
Soprano - Aoife Miskelly*
Alto - Eve-Maud Hubeaux*
Tenor - Rupert Charlesworth*
Bass - Andri Björn Robertsson
Orchestra - Ensemble baroque de l’Académie européenne de musique
Continuo harpsichord - Olivier Fortin

2014 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
A coproduction with Dutch National Opera, Amstedam, Opéra national de Bordeaux and Wiener Festwochen
With the support of enoa
 



The House Taken Over

Vasco Mendonça (born in 1977)

Text for music by Sam Holcroft
from the novel Casa Tomada by Julio Cortázar
Commissioned by Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and the LOD
World premiere

Conductor - Etienne Siebens
Stage director - Katie Mitchell
Scenographer - Alex Eales
Dramaturge - Lyndsey Turner
Costume designer - John Bright
Light designer - James Farncombe

Brother - Oliver Dunn
Sister - Kitty Whately

Orchestra - Asko | Schönberg ensemble

2013 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with LOD, Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, De Singel, Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon) and Asko | Schönberg ensemble
With the support of enoa
 



Elena

Francesco Cavalli (1602 – 1676)

Dramma per musica in a prologue and three acts
Libretto by Nicolò Minato from an argument by Giovanni Faustini
First performed on 26 December 1659 in Teatro San Cassiano (Venice)

Conductor - Leonardo García Alarcón
Stage director - Jean-Yves Ruf
Set designer - Laure Pichat
Costume designer - Claudia Jenatsch
Lighting designer - Christian Dubet

Elena, Venere - Emöke Baráth
Menelao - Valer Barna-Sabadus
Teseo - Fernando Guimarães
Ippolita, Pallade - Solenn’ Lavanant Linke*
Peritoo - Rodrigo Ferreira*
Iro - Emiliano Gonzalez Toro
Menesteo, La Pace - Anna Reinhold
Tindaro, Nettuno - Scott Conner
Astianassa, Giunone, Castore - Mariana Flores
Eurite, La Verita - Majdouline Zerari*
Diomede, Creonte - Brendan Tuohy*
Euripilo, La Discordia, Polluce - Christopher Lowrey*
Antiloco - Job Tomé*

Chorus of Hunters - Christopher Lowrey, Fernando Guimaraes, Job Tomé,
Scott Conner
Chorus of Argonauts and Slaves - Brendan Tuohy, Job Tomé, Scott Conner
Chorus of Divinities - Mariana Flores, Christopher Lowrey, Job Tomé
Orchestra - Cappella Mediterranea

2013 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with Marseille Provence 2013, Capitale européenne de la culture – with the support of Fondation Orange –, Opéra de Lille, Opéra national de Montpellier, Angers Nantes Opéra, Opéra de Rennes and Fondation Calouste Gulbenkian (Lisbon)
With the support of enoa
In scientific collaboration with the Venetian Centre for Baroque Music
 



The Child and the Spells

Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937)

A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts
Libretto by Colette
First performed on 21 March 1925 in Opéra de Monte Carlo
Chamber version of Didier Puntos

Conductor - Didier Puntos
Stage director - Arnaud Meunier*
Set designer - Damien Caille-Perret
Costume designer - Anne Autran
Lighting designer - Philippe Berthomé

L'Enfant - Chloé Briot*
Le Feu, le Rossignol - Mercedes Arcuri
La Princesse, la Chauve-Souris, la Pastourelle - Clémence Tilquin
La Chatte, l’Écureuil, la Bergère - Majdouline Zerari*
Maman, la Tasse Chinoise, la Libellule - Eve-Maud Hubeaux
La Théière, le Petit Vieillard, la Rainette - Valerio Contaldo
L’Horloge, le Chat - Guillaume Andrieux*
Le Fauteuil, le Chêne - Jean-Gabriel Saint-Martin*

Flute - Anne-Lise Teruel
Cello - William Imbert
Piano four hands - Didier Puntos and Michalis Boliakis*

2012 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with Théâtre du Jeu de Paume (Aix-en-Provence) and Opéra de Dijon
 



La finta giardiniera

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 – 1791)

Opera buffa in three acts K.196
Libretto by Giuseppe Petrosellini
First performed on 13 January 1775 in Salvatortheater (Munich)

Conductor, continuous harpsichord - Andreas Spering
Stage director and costume designer - Vincent Boussard
Set designer - Vincent Lemaire
Lighting designer - Guido Levi
Makeup and hairstyle - Catherine Nicolas
Dramaturge - Barbara Weigel

Sandrina - Layla Claire*
Serpetta - Sabine Devieilhe*
Arminda - Ana Maria Labin*
Don Ramiro - Julie Robard-Gendre
Il Contino Belfiore - Julian Prégardien*
Nardo - John Chest*
Il Podestà, Don Anchise - Colin Balzer

Orchestra - Le Cercle de l’Harmonie
Continuous cello - Emmanuel Balssa

2012 production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and its Académie
In coproduction with Grand Théâtre de Luxembourg, Opéra de Toulon Provence Méditerranée and Opéra de Rouen Haute-Normandie

  • La Finta Giardiniera - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
    La Finta Giardiniera - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
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    La Finta Giardiniera - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
  • La Finta Giardiniera - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
    La Finta Giardiniera - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
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    La Finta Giardiniera - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
  • L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
    L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
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    L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
  • L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
    L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
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    L'Enfant et les sortilèges - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2012
  • The House Taken Over - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013
    The House Taken Over - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013
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    The House Taken Over - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013
  • The House Taken Over - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013
    The House Taken Over - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013
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    The House Taken Over - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2013
  • Elena - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013
    Elena - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013
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    Elena - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013
  • Elena - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013
    Elena - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013
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    Elena - Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2013
  • Trauernacht, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
    Trauernacht, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
    Patrick Berger
    Trauernacht, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
  • Andri Björn Róbertsson, Trauernacht, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
    Andri Björn Róbertsson, Trauernacht, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
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    Andri Björn Róbertsson, Trauernacht, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2014
  • Svadba, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Svadba, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Bernard Coutant
    Svadba, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
  • Svadba, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Svadba, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Bernard Coutant
    Svadba, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
  • Be With Me Now, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Be With Me Now, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Vincent Beaume
    Be With Me Now, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
  • Be With Me Now, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Be With Me Now, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
    Vincent Beaume
    Be With Me Now, Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2015
  • Kalîla wa Dimna - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016
    Kalîla wa Dimna - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016
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    Kalîla wa Dimna - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016
  • Kalîla wa Dimna - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016
    Kalîla wa Dimna - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016
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    Kalîla wa Dimna - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2016
  • Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
    Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
    Pascal Victor / ArtComPress
    Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
  • Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
    Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
    Pascal Victor / Artcompress
    Erismena - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2017
  • Seven Stones - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Seven Stones - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Vincent Pontet
    Seven Stones - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
  • Seven Stones - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Seven Stones - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Vincent Pontet
    Seven Stones - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
  • Didon et Énée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Didon et Énée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Vincent Pontet
    Didon et Énée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
  • Didon et Énée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Didon et Énée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
    Vincent Pontet
    Didon et Énée - Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2018
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* Former artists of the Académie du Festival d'Aix