Ermonela Jaho, Julia Bullock, Huw Montague Rendall, Corinne Winters, Marina Rebeka Headline Festival d’Aix-en-Provence 2024

By David Salazar

The Festival d’Aix-en-Provence has announced its 2024 slate.

Here is a rundown of the vocal and operatic works on offer.

First up is “Iphigénie en Aulide” and Iphigénie en Tauride,” presented as a double bill. The Gluck operas will feature Corinne Winters in the title role of both works. In “Aulide,” she is joined by Russell Braun, Véronique Gens, Alasdair Kent, Nicolas Cavalier, Soua Parassidis, and Tomasz Kumiega. In “Tauride,” she performs alongside Florian Sempey, Stanislas de Barbeyrac, Alexandre Duhamel, Soula Parassidis, and Tomasz Kumiega. Dmitri Tcherniakov directs and Emmanuelle Haïm conducts.

The operas will be presented with one 90-minute intermission. The duration of the double bill is five hours and 15 minutes.

Performance Dates: July 3 – 16, 2024

Rameau’s “Samson” will be directed by Claus Guth with Raphaël Pichon conducting. The cast includes Jarrett Ott, Jacquelyn Stucker, Lea Desandre, Nahuel di Pierro, Laurence Kilsby, Julie Roset, Antonin Rondepierre, and Andréa Ferréol.

Performance Dates: July 4 – 18, 2024

Ermonela Jaho headlines Andrea Breth’s production of “Madama Butterfly.” Daniele Rustioni conducts the cast which also includes Adam Smith, Mihoko Fujimura, and Lionel Lhote.

Performance Dates: July 5 – 22, 2024

Barrie Kosky directs “Songs and Fragments,” a program featuring music by Peter Maxwell Davies and György Kurtág. Anna Prohaska and Johannes Martin Kränzle star. Pierre Bleuse conducts.

Performance Dates: July 6 – 12, 2024

Huw Montague Rendall, Julia Bullock, Laurent Naouri, Vincent Le Texier, Lucile Richardot, Emma Fekete, and Thomas Dear star in “Pelléas et Mélisande.” Susanna Mälkki conducts and Katie Mitchell directs.

Performance Dates: July 6 – 17, 2024

The festival honors William Kentridge with “The Great Yes, The Great No.” The showcase will include such performers as Xolisile Bongwana, Hamilton Dhlamini, William Harding, Tony Miyambo, Nancy Nkusi, and Luc de Wit.

Performance Dates: July 7 – 10, 2024

John Brancy, Deepa Johnny, Anthony Léon, Mariana Flores, Marcel Beekman, and Alex Rosen headline “Il Ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria.” Leonardo Carcía Alarcón conducts a production directed by Pierre Audi.

Performance Dates: July 17 – 23, 2024

There will be a semi-staged concert version of “La Clemenza di Tito” with Pene Pati, Karine Deshayes, Marianne Crebassa, Lea Desandre, Emily Pogorelc, and Nahuel di Pierro. Raphaël Pichon conducts and Romain Gilbert directs.

Performance Dates: July 21, 2024

Marina Rebeka, John Osborn, Igor Golovatenko, and Roberto Tagliavini star in a semi-staged version of “Les Vêpres Siciliennes.” Romain Gilbert directs and Daniele Rustioni conducts.

Performance Dates: July 23, 2024

Recitals / Concerts

There will be a concert featuring Lea Desandre, Huw Montague Rendall, and Thomas Dunford. They present music by Monteverdi, Purcell, and Händel.

Performance Dates: July 8, 2024

Emmanuelle Haïm will conduct the final concert of the voice residency. She presents music by Lully, Rameau, Gluck, and Händel.

Performance Dates: July 9, 2024

Christiane Karg headlines a concert with the Orchestre de Paris, taking on music by Schönberg. Klaus Mäkelä conducts.

Performance Dates: July 14, 2024

Sondra Radvanovsky and Anthony Manoli perform music by Purcell, Strauss, Liszt, Heggie, and Giordano.

Performance Dates: July 15, 2024

Elina Garanca and Malcolm Martineau showcase works by Brahms, Medins, Kainins, Vitols, Strauss, and Rachmaninoff.

Performance Dates: July 18, 2024