Aix-en-Provence Festival - Madame Butterfly, by G. Puccini
From 7 July to 9 July 2024

From €1,180 per person

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    Few cities are as seductive as Aix-en-Provence. Its fabulous architectural heritage is combined with a unique art form, making every visit to the Provencal city an unforgettable experience. It’s a delight to stroll through the old town and enjoy a drink on the terrace of the famous Cours Mirabeau at any time of day. Must-sees include the Musée Granet (one of the most beautiful in France), a visit to a sumptuous town house, and the astonishing Vasarely Foundation.


    But Aix is never more vibrant than during its International Festival of Lyric Art. Every July, the entire musical world flocks to Provence to enjoy its unique atmosphere. Concocted by Pierre Audi, the 2024 edition features superb productions based on operatic heroes and heroines. Directed by Andrea Breth, Ermonela Jaho will be Puccini’s legendary Madame Butterfly. Taking advantage of violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, the great director Barrie Kosky brings together a turbulent twentieth-century diptych.

    The program
    SONGS AND FRAGMENTS, by P. Maxwell Davies & G. Kurtág
    July 7th, 2024
    MADAME BUTTERFLY, by G. Puccini
    July 8th, 2024
    Sunday, July 7 - Aix-En-Provence

    At 5pm, Théâtre du Jeu de Paume:


    SONGS AND FRAGMENTS, by P. Maxwell Davies & G. Kurtág

    New production by the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence

    Barrie Kosky Director


    Eight songs for a mad king

    Ensemble Intercontemporain Orchestra

    Pierre Bleuse : Music director

    Johannes Martin Kränzle:  Baritone



    Anna Prohaska: Soprano

    Patricia Kopatchinskaja: Violin


    Barrie Kosky is never where you expect him to be! Not content with triumphing with his inventive shows all over the world, the Australian director likes to offer rare works and unexpected pairings. The duo he proposes in Aix is an obvious choice: on the one hand, Peter Maxwell Davies’ spectacular Eight Songs for a Mad King, a delirious portrait of King George III, and the intense Kafka-Fragmente by Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag. Two radically different musical experiences, but linked by themes of solitude, wandering and virtuosity. To interpret these two gems of 20th-century music, the evening features the fabulous Ensemble intercontemporain, led by its new musical director Pierre Bleuse, singers Johannes Martin Kränzle and Anna Prohaska, and the fabulous violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja, an instrumental phenomenon like few others on the current scene.











    At 9:30pm, at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché :


    MADAME BUTTERFLY, by G. Puccini


    New Festival d’Aix-en-Provence production

    In coproduction with Opéra national de Lyon,

    Komische Oper Berlin

    Opéra de Lyon Chorus and Orchestra

    Daniele Rustioni: Musical Direction

    Andrea Breth: Stage Director


    Ermonela Jaho: Cio-Cio-San

    Adam Smith: Benjamin Franklin Pinkerton

    Mihoko Fujimura: Suzuki

    Lionel Lhote: Sharpless

    Carlo Bosi: Goro

    Inho Jeong: Uncle Bonze

    Kristofer Lundin: Prince Yamadori

    Albane Carrère: Kate Pinkerton

    Kristján Jóhannesson: The Commissioner



    2024, the year of Puccini! One hundred years ago, the Italian composer died before completing his last opera, Turandot. But it’s another jewel of the Tuscan genius that the Aix Festival is offering, after the highly acclaimed Tosca in the 2019 edition. Performed by the Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon under the baton of conductor Daniele Rustioni, Madame Butterfly is directed by German Andrea Breth, one of the foremost artists in German-language theater (she has also directed Berlin’s Schaubühne). In the title role, Ermonela Jaho is one of the finest interpreters of the famous Japanese heroine.



    HOTEL CEZANNE (****)

    Just a five-minute walk from the Cours Mirabeau, museums, theaters, restaurants and boutiques, the Hôtel Cézanne is a charming boutique hotel in Aix-en-Provence.  It’s located in the city’s historic center. A glamorous, sparkling, and exclusive address!


    Hôtel Cézanne :


    Junior Suite double room package: €1,180

    Junior Suite double room, single occupancy: €1,656



    The price of this trip includes: accommodation in a double room with breakfast for 2 nights • tourist tax • show tickets in Plus category (Madame Butterfly) or First category (Songs and Fragments) • repatriation assistance.


    The price of this trip does not include: extras – transport – airport transfers.



    Individual stay.

    Transport and transfers on request.



    Program and prices are subject to change by the festival or by government decision, due to possible health constraints.

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