2018 is a pivotal year for the Chorégies d’Orange. The prestigious French festival welcomes the first season signed by its new artistic director Jean-Louis Grinda and a revolution is in progress. He proposes a clever bet with a masterpiece of Italian opera, although little known in France. The Mefistofele of Boito is performed all over the world with success that keeps being renewed since its creation and will excite both the newcomers and the most demanding music lovers. The work thrives with known airs, superb choirs and great theater moments. The music of Boito is comparable to the best Verdi. In Orange, the means were given to create the event with staging by Jean-Louis Grinda in person and will be led by Nathalie Stutzmann. The director who has met all the challenges of Vivaldi to Wagner is surrounded by an ideal distribution with the title holder Erwin Schrott and the talented French tenor Jean-François Borras in the lead.
The cast for the second lyric production of the Chorégies d’Orange 2018 is equally exceptional. Olga Peretyatko and Michael Spyres are two huge stars at the height of their vocal means and Florian Sempey, simply the great French Figaro we were expecting! The appearance of Giampaolo Bisanti, the rising Italian conductor, is very much anticipated.
But the choregies also contains Music in celebration, Pop the Opera, recitals and concerts. A night under the stars enchants young and old with the Fantasy of Disney which is projected on the walls of the Théâtre Antique with a real orchestra, and what an establishment! The Orchestre National de France is directed by Didier Benetti. The other ensemble of national prestige, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France led by Mikhail Tatrnikov offers a Russian night with the great successes of opera and symphony. On stage, an impressive cast is revealed, with the leading voices of Aida Garifullina and Ekaterina Semenchuk. You should reserve your tickets for the Chorégies without delay, because without a doubt, this evening will be memorable. Another event of size is looming in this decidedly very rich season 2018. It was a long time ago that the ballet made its appearance at the Orange festival. On the stage of the Ancient Theater, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne presents Mozart’s Enchanted Flute by the visionary choreographer Maurice Béjart. A performance not to miss. Finally, a very good initiative for voice lovers. Before the big evenings, the Chorégies d’Orange proposes a series of lyrical recitals at 18h, Cour Saint-Louis with four top of the bill artists succeeding one another. Karine Deshayes, Edgardo Rocha, Eva-Maria Westbroek and George Petean fill the most prestigious venues all season long. The Orange 2018 Chorégies announce not only a great season but also an exciting renewal.