Operatic Airs at Pune!

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A key part of the Western classical music tradition, operas originated in Italy at the end of the 16th century and eventually spread to the rest of Europe. Italian opera never gained much of a foothold in France, however, where the country’s own national operatic tradition was more popular. Launched in July 1948, the Festival International d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence pays hommage to this rich legacy of operatic music by bringing together some of the biggest names in the field.

THe audience at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché for the 2017 edition of the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence Photo Credits - Jean-Claude Carbonne

The audience at the Théâtre de l’Archevêché for the 2017 edition of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence | Photo Credits – Jean-Claude Carbonne

Frequently referred to as the Festival Aix-en-Provence, the international music festival takes place every year in Aix-en-Provence, principally in the month of July. Devoted mainly to opera, it also includes concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal, and solo instrumental music. As part of the initiatives to mark the 70th edition of the festival, Alliance Française de Pune and Festival Aix-en-Provence, in association with Fondation Orange, Arte, IISER, and Poona Music Society will be organising free screenings of operas from April to August 2018.

A screening in progress at the C. V. Raman Auditorium at IISER (Pune)

A screening in progress © Jean-Claude Carbonne

A part of the free screenings, eager audiences were able to witness the magic of two operas – namely Elektra (by Richard Strauss) and Oedipus Rex/Symphonie de Psaumes (by Stravinski) – on April 6 and April 7 respectively at the C. V. Raman Auditorium at IISER (Pune). The former is a one-act opera set in ancient Greece which explores the domestic fallout after the murder of the mythological King Agamemnon by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus. The latter is often considered as Stravinky’s most powerfully dramatic work and one of the highlights of his aesthetic achievements.

1 Elektra - Festival d'Aix en Provence 2013 - ©Pascal Victor_ArtComPressPunekars can also look forward to La Flûte Enchantée (by Mozart), La Traviata (by Verdi), and Il Turco in Italia (by Rossini) on June 24, July 22, and August 19 respectively at Mazda Hall in Dastur Primary School (Pune). La Flûte Enchantée is an opera in two acts in the form of a Singspiel – a popular form that included both singing and spoken dialogue. La Traviata is an opera in three acts based on La Dame aux Camélias – a play which was adapted from a novel by Alexandre Dumas. Il Turco in Italia is an opera in two acts which was a re-working of a libretto by Caterino Mazzolà.

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TRAVIATA – Festival d’Aix en Provence – ©Pascal Victor

Siddharth Bhatt

Rédaction, AF Magazine Inde-Népal

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