Midi du Festival - Au contact des autres arts : l’opéra augmenté
Monday 10 July 2023 Midis du Festival


  • Moderator Timothée Picard, dramaturge and artistic advisor of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence
  • Languages French and English
  • Video available for replay until Monday 1 July 2024

Initiating new forms of vocality, The Threepenny Opera and Wozzeck paved the way for musical theatre akin to cabaret, which we find again on 7 July in the programme directed by Jos Houben and Emily Wilson, and in another way in The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions. And finally Ballets russes is also revisiting the dialogue between music and the moving image. All these productions explore new ways of making opera, as many transdisciplinary reconfigurations that question what opera can mean today. What are the boundaries and characteristics of the 'opera' genre? Should it be expanded, in what ways and at what cost? These are just some of the questions which the artists taking part in this year's edition can provide worthwhile answers to.

WITH THE PARTICIPATION OF : Alphonse Cemin (conductor's assistant – The Threepenny Opera), Philip Venables (co-author and composer – The Faggots and Their Friends Between Revolutions), Jos Houben (stage director – ‘Pianist’s Cabaret’ evening with Kirill Gerstein and HK Gruber, 7 July 2023), Emily Wilson (stage director – ‘Pianist’s Cabaret’ evening) and Bertrand Mandico (filmmaker – Petrushka in Ballets russes).