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2014 Aix Festival

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Written by Marc Pagnier Published Jul 1, 2014 Marc Pagnier

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The 66th edition of the Aix Festival will take place from 2-4 July and will centre on the expression of different forms of humanity through opera that involve various artistic disciplines and through selected classical and contemporary masterpieces.

(Photo above: rehearsal of Mozart’s The Magic Flute © Pascal Victor/ArtcomArt)

The magic of the opera comes from the multidisciplinary combination of music, poetry, theatre and visual arts, and they are as well the essence of the Aix Festival this year. The programme includes Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey), Handel’s Ariodante, Rossini’s Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), Manfred Trojahn’s works that based on the poems of French poet René Char, and Katie Mitchell’s selection of Bach’s cantatas.

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Backdrop of Rossini’s IL TURCO IN ITALIA – Photo : © Jean-Claude Carbonne

Respected Performers
The echo of humanity, be it real, fantasized, imagined or dreamt, will be the heart of all the performances ranging from opera to concert. The Festival is honoured to have the following participants for the first time:
Pablo Heras-Casado
Simon McBurney
Richard Jones
Andrea Marcon
Christopher Alden
Raphaël Pichon
Laurence Brownlee

And also those already known by the audience:
Waltraud Meier
Katie Mitchell
Sarah Connolly
Patricia Petibon
Sandrine Piau
Olga Peretyatko
Sabine Devieilhe
Marc Minkowski
Matthias Goerne
William Kentridge
Valery Gergiev
Paavo Järvi

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Production of the backdrop for Handel’s ARIODANTE – Photo : Jean-Claude Carbonne

It’s All About Creation
Around twenty composers are among the Festival’s participants including:
Manfred Trojahn
Ahmed Essyad
Fabio Vacchi
Charlotte Bray
Francesca Verunelli
Sebastian Rivas
Jérôme Combier
Francisco Coll Garcia

Not to be missed is the sound installation by Benjamin Dupé named Fantôme, which will be accessible for ten days.

Aix Festival has attracted 250 young artists worldwide. They are invited to attend the Académie’s training, workshops and to participle in the productions.

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