Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence
Il Viaggio, Pascal Dusapin
Inspired by La Divine Comédie - a monument of European culture which is celebrating its 700th anniversary - Pascal Dusapin's latest opera premiered at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. It is also the first major live spatialized production with HOLOPHONIX Native.
It is an arid and fascinating journey during which Kent Nagano conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon while Thierry Coduys directs the electroacoustic composition, as well as the real-time spatialization of the orchestra and the soloists.
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A monument of European culture which is celebrating its seven hundredth anniversary, the Divine Comedy is both a poem-world synthesizing all knowledge and the concrete testimony of a life immersed in the turpitudes of its time – Florence in the year 1300 , with its political and religious quarrels which nearly led Dante to the stake. With Il Viaggio, Dante, Pascal Dusapin (Passion, 2008) and Frédéric Boyer offer an intimate journey through this reputedly unadaptable sum, which itself narrates the journey of an exemplary individual through all that is human – up to to its fulfillment in light and joy. Seized at three ages of life, Dante passes from the circles of hell, with his litany of the damned culminating in the encounter with Lucifer, in paradise, where the enigmatic laughter of Beatrice resounds.
Kent Nagano conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Opéra de Lyon; for his first appearance at the Festival d'Aix, Claus Guth places his protagonist between life and death, in an uncertain in-between that has the disturbing strangeness of our contemporary world.