The Easter Festival allows us all to make some exceptional musical connections and the effect this incomparable event has had on the Grand Théâtre de Provence and the city of Aix-en-Provence is incalculable.
Our initial aim was to create a festival that would become one of Europe's greatest classical music events and we are truly thrilled to see how that ambition has been surpassed.
Imagine a place where you can bump into Alain Altinoglu, Philippe Jaroussky, René Jacobs, Marc Minkowski, Matthias Pintscher or Lisette Oropesa, Juan Diego Flórez or Anne-Sophie Mutter, Martha Argerich chatting to Valery Gergiev...
The whole team should feel very proud of its achievement.
We are acutely aware of how lucky we, and the region, are to have the support of CIC, to be able to promote the city in this way. We are aware of how lucky we are to be able to sit in a theatre with our eyes closed and listen to musical geniuses such as Bach, Beethoven and Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Brahms, Fauré and Schumann. We are aware of how lucky we are to experience such talent in such a short period of time, in the city's churches, the Grand Théâtre de Provence, the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume and in the Conservatoire.
Aix is truly blessed by the Gods of music.
Let the celebrations begin again...
Renaud Capuçon, Artistic Director