A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
The Ensemble Correspondances, under the direction of Sébastien Daucé, led a sumptuous grand tour of seventeenth-century Italian vocalism. A forminable lineup of younger singers. THE NEW YORKER

COMBATTIMENTO, THE BLACK SWAN THEORY BY MONTEVERDI, ROSSI, CAVALLI

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
The conducting by [Daniele] Rustioni, a young conductor who only improves with time, is magnificent, full of lyricism and vitality; and the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon displays its most lustrous colours. LE FIGARO

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV'S THE GOLDEN COCKEREL

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Conductor Klaus Mäkelä - Violin Daniel Lozakovich

ORCHESTRE DE PARIS

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Aix’s « Tristan » is, musically speaking, an achievement. NEW YORK TIMES

WAGNER'S TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

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Conductor Daniele Rustioni

PARADE[S]

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Conductor Susanna Mälkki / Clément Mao Takacs — Soprano Beate Mordal — Baritone Stéphane Degout — Violin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
A magnificent moment of great force and, visually, of simple beauty. LA PROVENCE

COMBATTIMENTO, THE BLACK SWAN THEORY BY MONTEVERDI, ROSSI, CAVALLI

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Under the brilliant conducting of Sir Simon Rattle, Simon Stone sets the action for Tristan und Isolde’s legendary love in the world of modern-day Paris. It is truly high art. LES INROCKS

WAGNER'S TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

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Opera in concert version with Francesco Meli, Marina Rebeka and Leo Nucci under Daniele Rustioni's baton

VERDI'S I DUE FOSCARI

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Thanks to the staging by Festival Director Pierre Audi, on a libretto by Claudia Pérez Iñesta and Samir Odeh-Tamimi, the Palestinian-Israeli composer and creator of the score, this Festival-commissioned work represents more than just a meeting of great talents: it takes on the role of a political and humanist manifesto. LE TEMPS

WORLD PREMIERE OF SAMIR ODEH-TAMIMI’S THE ARAB APOCALYPSE

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Lotte de Beer’s staging is hilarious, and Thomas Hengelbrock’s conducting is enthralling. There’s joy at the Festival of opera! LE FIGARO

MOZART'S LE NOZZE DI FIGARO

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Saariaho's work has everything it needs to triumph around the world. EL PAIS

WORLD PREMIERE OF KAIJA SAARIAHO'S INNOCENCE

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
The work is funny on every note! And to ensure the celebration reaches full swing, Barrie Kosky’s staging is equally rejoiceful. It is inventive and rhythmic, beautiful to watch, relevant and coherent, and offers a wealth of surprises of all kinds. LUXEMBURGER WORT

VERDI'S FALSTAFF

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Composer Kaija Saariaho delivers a masterpiece that has immediately found its place in the history of opera. LE MONDE

WORLD PREMIERE OF KAIJA SAARIAHO'S INNOCENCE

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BARBARA HANNIGAN

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In this mixture between the imaginary and reality, tragedy and comedy, and parody and cruelty, Barrie Kosky […] delivers a work of great finesse, with masterfully directed actors and gripping scenes. LE MONDE

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV'S THE GOLDEN COCKEREL

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Mise en espace Silvia Costa — Narrator, violin Patricia Kopatchinskaja

PIERROT LUNAIRE

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Symphonic Session

MEDITERRANEAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

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CAIRO JAZZ STATION & SOPHIE ALOUR IN SEXTET

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Conductor Sir Simon Rattle — Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kozena

LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

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Medinea Session

MEDITERRANEAN YOUTH ORCHESTRA

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Everything sounds elegant, and has a consummately light quality—it is rococo in the best sense of the word, doesn’t lose itself in the details, and remains rhythmic to the end. NEUE ZÜRCHER ZEITUNG

MOZART'S LE NOZZE DI FIGARO BY MOZART

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Pierre Audi’s mise en espace is sober and engaged, and places the audience in the middle of a sound and visual maelstrom that occupies the entire theatre, all the way to the ceiling. You’ll walk away with the memory of an extraordinary experience, which should be seen in situ to grasp its full dimension. TÉLÉRAMA

WORLD PREMIERE OF SAMIR ODEH-TAMIMI'S THE ARAB APOCALYPSE

A LOOKBACK AT THE 2021 FESTIVAL D'AIX
Under Daniele Rustioni’s lively and precise conducting, the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon has pulled no stops: with the musical colours, sharpness, lyricism, and surprising twists, there is theatre in the orchestra pit as well, while the singing cast possesses not a single weak link. LE MONDE

VERDI'S FALSTAFF