The 2020 edition of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence has not been cancelled: it has simply been suspended.
Kaija Saariaho’s Innocence World Premiere has been postponed but the sets are already coming to life in the workshops at Venelles, and part of the team is rehearsing as of this summer, in compliance with national health regulations.
“The Digital Stage” will be offering from 6 July a daily schedule of exciting events as talks and concerts:
6 July 2020, 12:00
With Kaija Saariaho, Simon Stone, Magdalena Kožená and Pierre Audi
All the different actors in this production, which was intended to be created this summer, come together for several weeks to begin rehearsals. The composer Kaija Saariaho, the theatre director Simon Stone, and the singer Magdalena Kožená discuss with Pierre Audi, the director general of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, how the sanitary crisis has impacted the future of this creation. They also illustrate how work on the production of this opera is continuing despite the complicated circumstances.
7 July 2020, 12:00
With Peter Sellars and Sofi Oksanen
Which words and which opera librettos are best placed to express our contemporary realities, be they socioeconomic, political, or environmental? Which stories inspire us and fill us with strong emotion? The theatre director Peter Sellars discuss and debate with Sofi Oksanen novelist and librettist of the opera Innocence around the question of engaged art.
7 July 2020, 19:00
Marie-Laure Garnier sings Kaija Saariaho’s Quatre Instants and Jean Sibelius songs cycles.