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The Monster in the Maze by Jonathan Dove, Aix-en-Provence Festival

The Monster in the Maze, by Jonathan Dove
Libretto by Alasdair Middleton, French adaptation by Alain Perroux
First premiere of the French version
Opera for all ages from 6 years old

London Symphony Orchestra and Mediterranean Youth Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (Conductor)
Chorus, Amateur choristers (children, teenagers and adults), Simon Halsey (Chorus Master)

Stage direction (semi-staged version), Marie-Ève Signeyrole
Stage design, Fabien Teigné
Light, Philippe Berthomé

Damien Bigourdan (Theseus)
Lucie Roche (Theseus' mother)
Damien Pass (Dedalus)
Miloud Khétib (Minos)

The King of Crete has defeated Greece. He imposes a terrible tribute on the vanquished population: each year the city of Athens has to send young men who will be thrown into Dedalus's labyrinth and eventually be devoured by the beast locked up in it, the notorious minotaur, half-man, half-bull. Appropriating this epic drama, British composer Jonathan Dove has written an opera for the young and the old, interpreted by a handful of soloists, a youth orchestra that will be trained with the help of the London Symphony Orchestra musicians, and 300 amateur choristers from the region of Aix, including children, teenagers and adults. Conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, all embark on an adventure which promises to breathe much life and spirit into this great mythological saga. A pedagogical project par excellence, this performance will be the culmination of a series of workshops for amateur choristers, organised throughout the year by the Festival's Passerelles department.

Recorded on July 8th and 9th 2015 at the Grand Théâtre de Provence, Festiva d'Aix-en-Provence
TV Director, Isabelle Soulard

Genre : Opéra
Length : 01:00:40
Director : Isabelle Soulard