Jonas Kaufmann, Lisette Oropesa & Anita Rachvelishvili Lead Festival d’Aix-en-Provence’s 2023 Season

By Francisco Salazar

Today, Pierre Audi announced the program for the seventieth-fifth Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. The festival will take place between the 4 th and 24th of July, 2023, staging six works, three operas in concert, and many recitals.

The full program is below:

The season opens with “The Threepenny Opera” by Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill, and Elisabeth Hauptmann. Maxime Pascal conducts the production by Thomas Ostermeier with a cast that includes Véronique Vella, Elsa Lepoivre, Christian Hecq, Nicolas Lormeau, Benjamin Lavernhe, Noam Morgensztern, Gaël Kamilindi, Birane Ba, Claïna Clavaron, Nicolas Chupin, and Marie Oppert.

Performance Dates: July 4-24, 2023

Sir George Benjamin and Martin Crimp’s “Picture a Day Like This” makes it World Premiere. The work is set to be conducted by Benjamin and directed by Daniel Jeanneteau and Marie-Christine Soma. The work will star Starring Marianne Crebassa, Cameron Shahbazi, Fatma Said, John Brancy, and Anna Prohaska.

Performance Dates: July 5-23. 2023

Mozart’s “Così Fan Tutte” will star Starring Agneta Eichenholz, Claudia Mahnke, Rainer Trost, Russell Braun, Georg Nigl, and Nicole Chevalier. Thomas Hengelbrock conducts the production by Dmitri Tcherniakov.

Performance Dates: July 6-21, 2023

Berg’s “Wozzeck” will be conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and directed by Simon McBurney. The work will star Christian Gerhaher, Malin Byström, Thomas Blondelle, Brindley Sherratt, and Peter Hoare.

Performance Dates: July 7-21 2023

Stravinsky’s “Russian Ballets” will be conducted by Klaus Mäkelä with films of Rebecca Zlotowski, Bertrand Mandico, and Evangelia Kranioti.

Performance Dates: July 8-12, 2023

Philip Venables and Ted Huffman’s  “The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions” will be conducted by Yshani Perinpanayagam and directed by Ted Huffman. 

Performance Dates: July 8 & 9, 2023

Meyerbeer’s “Le Prophète” will be conducted by Sir Mark Elder and star John Osborn, Anita Rachvelishvili, Mané Galoyan, and James Platt.

Performance Date: July 15, 2023

Jonas Kaufmann, Maria Agresta, and Ludovic Tézier star in Verdi’s “Otello.” Michele Mariotti conducts the Teatro di San Carlo Chorus
and Orchestra.

Performance Date: July 17, 2023

Lisette Oropesa stars in a concert performance of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” alongside Pene Pati, Florian Sempey, and Nicolas Courjal. Daniele Rustioni conducts. 

Performance Date: July 24, 2023