Sit back, forget it all and let yourself be swept away. Music is at its best when reinventing the exuberance of opera. Here’s a look at some of this summer’s more extraordinary productions.
Glyndebourne American-born French conductor William Christie is once again celebrating the birth of Baroque opera in 17th-century Italy, Big Bang style, with a new production of Cavalli’s Hipermestra. In this flamboyant festa teatrale, the 49 murderous Danaids learn that love prevails over war. “We are all Hipermestra,” says Graham Vick, director of this Florentine gem, which provides a majestic opening for the English opera festival at Glyndebourne.
Venise Turning the French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale into a huge recording studio, artist Xavier Veilhan has created an all-wood, Cubist-Futurist “sculpture” that references Plato’s cave and Kurt Schwitters. For 173 days, Veilhan’s friends Alain Planès and Thom Yorke, among others, will be making music in it. Franco-Lebanese artist Zad Moultaka has transformed the Lebanese Pavilion into a mysterious temple to Shamash, a Babylonian solar deity and god of justice, where his ritualistic opera, a lament for Ur and Aleppo, is performed in front of a sparkling, fiery wall evoking the golden calf. Art in tune with the times.
Aix-en-Provence Is truth not the most important thing in life? At the Aix festival, that’s what Bizet’s impassioned Carmen and Boesmans’ poor Pinocchio proclaim, risking their own downfall. The iconoclastic Tcherniakov promises an intense experience with his rebellious gypsy, while Joël Pommerat, after staging the French Revolution, turns the world upside down by bringing out the human side of that annoying puppet.
Jusqu’au 26.11.201757e Biennale d’art de Venise.
Du 3 au 16.07.2017Festival d’art lyrique d’Aix-en- Provence.
Du 4 au 20.07.2017Festival d’art lyrique d’Aix-en- Provence.