Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival
Palais de l'Ancien Archevêché - Place des Martyrs de la Résistance - 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Capacity 1250 seats
Recommended for ages 14 and up
In Italian surtitled in English and French
Highlights: Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival
This summer, the Festival d’art Lyrique celebrates its 75th anniversary! On this occasion, enjoy a stunning performance of Così fan tutte, the 18th-century opera from Mozart that opened the festival’s very first season in 1948. With the guidance of award-winning theatre director Dmitri Tcherniakov, this enthralling interpretation of Mozart’s classic opera buffa at the atmospheric Théâtre de l'Archevêché is sure to amaze you!
We offer you an exceptional evening, with a sumptuous dinner in an enchanting location, followed by the opera at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché with all the charm of the South of France.
Story: Così fan tutte at the Aix-en-Provence Festival
Così fan tutte, ossia la scuola degli amanti. In other words, So Do They All (or The School of Lovers) is part of the famous Mozart-Da Ponte trilogy, and marks their third and last collaboration after The Marriage of Figaro and Don Giovanni. The story follows two couples embroiled in a complicated love affair, with Fiordiligi and her sister Dorabella on one side and their two lovers, Guglielmo and Ferrando, on the other, under the amused gaze of Don Alfonso, the old philosopher.
But how did our characters find themselves in this mess?
A skeptical old libertine challenges two young officers, Guglielmo and Ferrando, to keep the love of their respective fiancées during their absence. In a cunning act of deceit, the two brothers claim they are leaving for war, but instead return home disguised as Albanians, unbeknownst to the two sisters. The women allow themselves to gradually become seduced by these two ‘travelers’, only to be faced with a shocking reality – the true identities of their supposed ‘newfound’ lovers!
We invite you to discover this opera buffa in two parts, renowned for its fantastic music, humor, and its captivating libretto.
Aix-en-Provence Festival Show options:
• Show-only tickets in Category Plus, 1, 2, and 3
• Dinner and a show (seats in category Plus)
The dinner and show package includes a special welcome, an apéritif, a presentation of the work, a pre-show dinner in one of the reception areas of the Théâtre de l'Archevêché (more information will be disclosed to you in May, along with the detailed program of the dinner), a seat in the best area, a cocktail during the intermission, a complimentary gift, and the provision of a pillow. Enjoy!
Théâtre de l'Archévêché
History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre de l’Archevêché
What do a host of internationally-acclaimed musicians, from the likes of soprano legends Teresa Stich-Randall, Teresa Berganza, Suzanne Danco, Mady Mesplé, Régine Crespin, Sylvia Sass, Graziella Sciutti, Rolando Panerai, Montserrat Caballé, and Marylin Horne, to the great conductors Carlo-Mario Giulini and Hans Rosbaud, composers Yan Maresz, Péter Ëotvös, and François Sarhan, and directors Joël Pommerat and Jorge Lavelli…allhave in common?
It’s the open-air stage in the courtyard of the Ancien Archevêché in Aix-en-Provence, which was transformed into a theatre in 1948 and has since become the emblematic venue of the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival. Among others, each one of these talented and prolific artists has contributed to make this famous festival shine when summer arrives.
With its grand staircase, its medieval vaults, its 17th century wings, and its characteristically ocher Bibémus stone, the courtyard of the Old Archbishop's Palace is the charming venue where all opera lovers converge in July. It is here that you will be able to savor the pleasure of the warm summer nights, the murmurs of the spectators, the joyful symphony of instruments, and of course the melodic lyricism of the performance.
An open-air stage where pleasures of the ears and of the eyes converge with hazy summer bliss!
Fast facts Capacity: 1250 Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org before booking so that we can notify the theater. Air conditioning: No Heating: No
How do I get to the dinner venue and the Théâtre de l'Archevêché to see Così fan tutte?
The Dinner Venue The festival dinner venue is always a spectacular experience and is chosen with care. It will be in or near the Théâtre de l'Archevêché, and will be communicated to you in mid-May with the menu. We recommend that you arrive 10 minutes before the dinner.
The Théâtre de l'Archevêché The festival ushers will give you directions from the dinner venue to the theatre the night of the dinner.
The Théâtre de l'Archevêché is located in the courtyard of the Old Archbishop's Palace, Place des Martyrs de la Résistance in the charming city of Aix-en-Provence. From the train station in the center of Aix-en-Provence, it takes only a few minutes on foot to get to the Théâtre de l'Archevêché through the pretty little streets of Aix-en-Provence. The city center of Aix-en-Provence is entirely pedestrian. From the TGV station, take the bus n°'40 which will lead you to the bus station located in the center of the city. If you come by car, the Pasteur and Bellegarde parking lots are located 5 minutes' walk from the theatre./p>
Is there a dress code to respect when attending the Aix-en-Provence Festival?
Can I see the surtitles without difficulty?
What does the dinner and show package for Così fan tutte entitle me to?
I bought tickets for Così fan tutte and I haven't received them yet. Is this normal?
Yes, this is perfectly normal! Your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence can allocate your seats and prepare your exclusive package. You may see a pre-payment on your card, but rest assured that we will only debit your card once your reservation has been validated by the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence. Once the reservation is validated, you will receive a Theatre in Paris voucher by e-mail.
Due to the large number of requests that the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence has to manage, this process is usually completed within three working days. After this period, your order and your pre-payment are automatically cancelled.
Should I tip the ushers?
The Théâtre de l'Archevêché is an open-air theatre. If it rains, is the show cancelled?
For the dinners, there are fallback solutions indoors. For performances, since 2008 Théâtre de l’Archevêché has only cancelled one and delayed another by a few minutes. Therefore, this is a very rare occasion. To help continue this to be a rare occasion, the Théâtre de l’Archevêché has a dedicated contact at Météo-France that helps in decision-making if ever there is a possibility of weather interruption. If the rain starts during the performance, Theatre in Paris will refund your tickets unless more than half of the performance has been played.
In case of cancellation of a performance, reimbursement will be made only upon request with presentation of the ticket(s). All requests must be sent no later than 30 days after the end of the Festival. After this date, no refund will be made. No additional expenses (transportation, parking, hotels...) will be reimbursed or compensated.