Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Il ritorno d'Ulisse festival d'aix en provence tickets
Théâtre du Jeu de Paume

Until July 21, 2024

Other languages with surtitles

Location

Théâtre du Jeu de Paume
17 - 21 rue de l'Opéra - 13100 Aix-en-Provence
Capacity 493 seats

Duration

2 h 50 min

With intermission


Details

Opera 

For all audiences

In Italian surtitled in English and French


Highlights: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Fans of epic poetry, here is the perfect show for you…! In July 2024, the Festival d’Art Lyrique d’Aix-en-Provence is offering you the opportunity to join Ulysses as his travelling companion on the return leg of his legendary journey, The Odyssey, entirely within the walls of the charming Théâtre du Jeu de Paume. A fascinating journey is promised with Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria - headed by excellent conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcón and his ensemble Cappella Mediterranea, specialists in Italian baroque music, this performance will be a sumptuous delight for the eyes and ears.

 

Alarcón continues his legacy of greatness within the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, having previously paid tribute to Monteverdi’s other works in the Festival d’Art Lyrique, such as L'incoronazione di Poppea and L'Orfeo. Assuming the role of Homer’s epic hero is John Brancy, whose exquisite baritone voice reaches its full potential in this scintillating tribute. For the role of Penelope, mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny takes the baton. Set against Pierre Audi’s magical staging, audiences will be held captive by the reunion of this mythical couple, as the characters oscillate between moments of palpable intimacy and isolating mystery….
The Festival d’Aix is always full of surprises, legendary journeys, and beautiful reunions — and Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is certainly no exception!

 

It promises to be a superb journey, especially as the conductor of this Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria is the great conductor Leonardo Garcia Alarcón and his ensemble Cappella Mediterranea, who specialize in baroque music, particularly Italian. 
In the role of Homer's hero, John Brancy with his beautiful baritone voice. The role of Penelope is played by mezzo-soprano Deepa Johnny.
Pierre Audi's staging is bound to keep us on the edge of our seats as we prepare for the reunion of this mythical couple, between intimate palpitations and the mystery of the characters.

Story: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria at the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria is just one of prolific Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi’s beloved baroque opera pieces. First performed in 1640, the story is based on an episode of The Odyssey, in which our hero Ulysses returns to Ithaca after the Trojan War.

 

Monteverdi’s signature musical style is characteristic of the Baroque period and regularly features recitar cantando, a technique in which the vocal lines more closely imitate the prosody of spoken speech. Harmonic richness, expressive dissonance, and subtle orchestrations coalesce to create incredible depth within this timeless work.

 

Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria continues to be performed on stages across the world and remains a firm favourite amongst many opera fans, largely on account of its artistic singularity. Monteverdi’s unique ability to portray the psychology of his characters is an unparalleled feat, and wows audiences to this day. Discover Ulysses’ great return in the beautiful Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence this summer!

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Théâtre du Jeu de Paume

17 - 21 rue de l'Opéra - 13100 Aix-en-Provence

History and Fun Facts about the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume


If you’ve never visited Aix-en-Provence’s glorious Théâtre du Jeu de Paume, take it from us – it’s worth the trip. Within a softly illuminated and intimate setting swathed in gorgeous purple, this Italian-style theatre welcomes the finest artists in the world of classical music this July. A buzzing hub of creative expression, this stunning venue opens up the stage to recitals, contemporary creations, intimate operas, and chamber music concerts.

A little historical anecdote - Louis XIV practiced the "paume", the ancestor of all racket sports, in 1660 at this very venue before its transformation into the iconic theatre it is today! Along with the Théâtre de la Reine in Versailles, it is one of the last examples of 18th century Italian-style theatre in France. Don’t hesitate to visit this divine homage to an era of stunning architecture, the art of beautiful singing and captivating movement, and aesthetic pleasures.


Fast facts
Capacity: 493
Handicap Accessible: Yes, please contact us at hello@theatreinparis.com at the time of booking so that we can indicate this to the theatre.
Air conditioning: Yes
Heating: Yes
Coat Check: No

FAQ

How to get to the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume in Aix-en-Provence?

The Théâtre du Jeu de Paume is located 17-21 rue de l'Opéra in the very charming city of Aix-en-Provence.
From the SNCF train station, which is in the centre of Aix-en-Provence, it only takes a few minutes on foot to get to the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume through the picturesque streets of Aix-en-Provence. The city centre of Aix-en-Provence is entirely pedestrianised.
From the TGV station, take the bus no. 40 which will bring you to the bus station located in the centre of the city.
If you come by car, the Carnot parking lot is located 10 minutes walk from the theatre.
In case of difficulty, our hotline can be reached during our business hours. Please see the footer of this page for our contact details.

What do I do when I get to the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume?

We invite you to arrive 30 minutes before the beginning of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, and present your voucher at the front desk. The Théâtre du Jeu de Paume’s English-speaking staff members will guide you to your seats.

How long does the opera, Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, last?

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria lasts approximately 2 hours and 50 minutes with an intermission.

Can I take photos during the performance of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria?

In order not to disturb the artists on stage, and for the comfort of other guests, you are not permitted to photograph, film, or record the performance for the duration of Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria. As long as the performance is not currently in session, feel free to take a snapshot of the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume to remember your night out!

Is Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria accessible for an international audience or French speakers?

Both! The Théâtre du Jeu de Paume has been welcoming audiences from all over the world for many years. Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria is sung in its original Italian, and surtitles in both French and English are provided for audiences to enjoy in one of France’s most iconic venues.

Where will I be seated, and will I be able to see the surtitles properly?

We offer seats in the first and second category that will provide the best possible view of the surtitles.

Does the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume have a specific dress code?

There is no particular dress code, but proper attire is appreciated.

If I'm late, will I still be allowed into the show?

We recommend that you check the dates, times, and venues shown on the tickets. Performances start at the time indicated. Once the theatre doors have closed, please note that entry to the auditorium is not guaranteed. In order not to disturb the performance, latecomers may only be permitted entry during an intermission, but seating in the purchased category is not guaranteed.

Do I have to tip the ushers at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume?

Ushers at the Théâtre du Jeu de Paume do accept tips, but it's not common.

I bought tickets for Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria and I haven’t received them yet. Is this normal?

Yes, this is absolutely normal! Your order will first be created as a pre-booking so that the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence can assign your seat. You may see a pre-payment on your card, but rest assured that we will not charge your card until your reservation has been validated by the theatre. Once the reservation is validated, you will receive your ticket 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.

How do I know if my seats are next to each other?

Tickets of the same category that are booked during the same purchase session in the same booking order on our website are always assigned side by side. To be sure of this, make sure all of your tickets are in the same category and are included in your shopping cart at the time of purchase.