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08 Jul | 22h

Orfeo & Majnun - French premiere

Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

Moneim Adwan, Howard Moody, Dick van der Harst

Cours Mirabeau,

Orpheus was deeply in love with Eurydice, and then death took her away from him. que la mort lui enlève. Qays loved Layla, and then her father took her away from him. One sang of his despair to the wild beasts before venturing off to find his wife in Hades. The other became “Majnun”, literally the one who was “crazy” with love, and began to sing to animals. This opera is inspired by one of the great myths of Western civilisation and one of the most celebrated legends of Arab culture. This work mixes professional and amateur singers to create a vast operatic fresco and a lively public celebration. The opera will be held outdoors under the night sky and will be preceded by an artistic parade through the city of Aix-en-Provence. The choir, the soloists, the orchestra, and animals of all sorts will come together to sing of desire. And of a love that is strong than any sense of despair.

Artistic info

Musical Direction: Bassem Akiki / Stage Direction: Airan Berg, Martina Winkel

Photo Credit: © Patrick Berger / artcompress


With the support of the European Union’s Europe Creative programme
With the support of the Fondation Bettencourt Schueller, Fonds Chœur à l’ouvrage, the Total Fondation, The Eloise Susanna Gale Foundation, and IFILAF International Friends.


Length : 1h30

Ticket Info

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Reservations required for seated places.

Festival Boutique
Palais de l’Ancien Archevêché, 13100 Aix-en-Provence – France
08 20 922 923 (12 cts € / min)

Practical Information

Spectacle en français, anglais et arabe

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