Orfeo & Majnun

2018 Opera sessions Orfeo & Majnun

April 23 2018 to July 8 2018
An open program to the finest young classical musicians coming from conservatoires, academies, universities and higher music institutes of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region and the Mediterranean basin

The opera sessions of the Mediterranean Youth Orchestra (MYO) are designed to 24 future professional classical musicians from the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region (France) and from the Mediterranean. These training sessions offer an intercultural experience within the Sinfonietta of the opera creation Orfeo & Majnun. The sessions provide an immersion in the opera creation field in which young musicians can benefit from the presence and the coaching of experimented opera’s artists. 

Every year, almost 600 musicians apply to one of the auditions organized in twenty countries of the Mediterranean and some 100 young talents are selected to participate in one of the MYO's sessions.



Dates : from 23 to 25 April 2018 (travels on the 22 and 26 April 2018)
du 3 au 8 juillet 2018 (travels on the 2 and 9 July 2018)

Concept: Airan Berg & Martina Winkel
Music: Moneim Adwan, Dick van der Harst & Howard Moody
Musical direction: Bassem Akiki 
Scenario & Libretto: Martina Winkel


Orfeo & Majnun is an opera which involves both local communities and established professional artists and which combines the Orpheus and Eurydice myth on the one hand and the most famous love story of the Arabic world, Layla and Majnun, on the other. The two stories bare similarities as both Orpheus and Majnun are poets and musicians, who in order to express their feelings of love and loss, move to the wilderness and sing their songs to wild animals. Both are artists who receive their inspiration from pain of love and loss, and both make choices that lead them to lose their loved ones forever.
Combining the two stories links similar myths and allows combining both western and eastern (Arabic) music traditions and languages. These languages, musical traditions, and stories reflect the complex and rich texture of our urban centers and connecting them will generate deeper mutual respect and understanding for each other's culture.

Coproduction with: La Monnaie/De Munt, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, Valletta 2018 Foundation, Wiener Konzerthausgesellschaft, Krakow Festival Office, Operadagen Rotterdam, MSMFEIRA Imaginarius.



The Mediterranean Youth Orchestra select classical musicians through annual auditions in 20 or so cities in the Mediterranean with the support of partners leading national youth orchestras.


In France
Darius Milhaud Conservatoire of Aix-en-Provence • Conservatoire of Grand Avignon • Pierre Barbizet Conservatoire of Marseille • Pierre Cochereau Conservatoire of Nice • Conservatoire of Toulon Provence MéditerranéeHigher Institute of Music - Europe and the Mediterranean (IESM)

In the Mediterranean
ALBANIA University of Arts of Tirana - Art Academy • ALGERIA National Higher Institute of Music in Algiers (INSM) • CROATIA Zagreb Academy of Music • EGYPT Cairo National Higher Conservatoire of music • GREECE National Conservatoire of Athens / State Conservatoire of ThessalonikiUniversity of Macedonia - Department of Music science & Art • ITALY Milan Conservatoire • LEBANON Ghassan Yammine Arts School in Beirut / Lebanese National Higher Conservatoire of music • MALTA ARC Research and Consultancy • MOROCCO Rabat National Conservatory of Music and Dance • MONACO Prince Rainier III Academy • PORTUGAL Lisbon Higher School of Music • SLOVENIA Academy of Music of the University of Ljubljana • TUNISIA Higher Institute of Music of Tunis / Higher Institute of Music of Sfax / Higher Institute of Music of Sousse

Recruitment in cooperation with different national youth orchestras
Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra • CYPRUS
Joven Orquesta Nacional de España (JONDE) • SPAIN
Palestine Youth Orchestra / Edward Said National Conservatory of Music • PALESTINE
Turkish National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra • TURKEY