The first week of open-air concerts will start on 5 July, in the cool setting of the Hôtel Maynier d’Oppède courtyard!
This series of concerts will begin with the eagerly-awaited recital by American soprano Julia Bullock and her Japanese American pianist Bretton Brown. They will be performing a programme ranging from Franz Schubert’s first lieder to music by American women composers who were pioneers in the blues.
The series will continue the next day, 6 July, with a concert by Quatuor Diotima and British clarinettist Mark Simpson, performing a programme that mixes Franz Schubert’s and Karol Szymanowski’s last quartets with the French premiere of Alchymia, a quintet by British composer Thomas Adès that pays homage to Elizabethan music and alchemy.
On 7 July, young artists from the vocal Académie will perform La conversione e morte di San Guglielmo, a rare and sublime oratorio by Pergolesi, under the baton of Korneel Bernolet conducting Les Talens Lyriques.
The 8 July concert will be devoted to an all-Rossini programme of bel canto, sung by two great performers of this repertoire who will be making their debuts at the Festival d’Aix: the soprano Karine Deshayes and the baritone Florian Sempey, accompanied by the Italian pianist Daniela Pellegrino.
On 9 July, the Lebanese singer Abeer Nehme, who is recognised as having one of the most beautiful voices in the Middle East today, will pay tribute to the great divas of the Arab world, from Umm Kulthum to Fairuz, by performing their most famous arias — accompanied by five instrumentalists — in addition to a selection of her own compositions.
The young Portuguese accordionist João Barradas — a composer-performer and improviser — has garnered multiple awards and is celebrated as a great master in his field. On 12 July, he will perform a solo concert that he describes as follows: “The principle I’ve set out for myself is similar to that of Keith Jarrett for his famous Köln Concert (1975): an hour of totally free improvisation, with nothing preconceived [...].”