Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) Trauernacht The Angel's Hand
|Musical direction||Raphaël Pichon*|
|Stage direction||Katie Mitchell|
|Costumes and stage design||Vicki Mortimer|
|MUSICAL ASSISTANT AND VOCAL COACH Sébastien Daucé LANGUAGE TUTOR Stephan Rehm STAGE DIRECTION ASSISTANT Tebbutt|
|Bass||Andri Björn Robertsson|
|Orchestra||Instrumentalists of the Académie européenne de musique|
Production / Coproduction
New production of the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence and of the Académie européenne de musique
In coproduction with Wiener Festwochen, the Opéra national de Bordeaux and the Dutch National Opera
What might have been and what has been
Point to one end, which is always present.
Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose-garden.
My words echo
Thus, in your mind.
But to what purpose
Disturbing the dust on a bowl of rose-leaves
I do not know.
T. S. Eliot, Burnt Norton, from Four Quartets (1935)
Bach composed more than 200 cantatas, mainly for the church community in Leipzig where, in his role as Cantor, he was obliged to write one each week. Settings for voice and instruments of texts from the Bible or from pietist poetry, the works are profoundly dramatic as well as spiritual. This dramatic quality has inspired Katie Mitchell, the British director who has already staged the St Matthew Passion, and the conductor Raphaël Pichon, both fervent admirers of Bach. Together they explore the depths of these cantatas in order to celebrate their theatricality and living energy balanced against the omnipresence of death.
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*former artists of the Académie européenne de musique
On 11, 14, 16, 19 and 21 July 2014 at 8pm and on 13 July 2014 at 5pm
Prices: 90€, 55€ and 30€
Youth prices: 15€
Prices with the Académie Pass: 80€, 45€ and 30€ except on the premiere night
Discovery price at every performances on 14 and 21 July
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1h30 without interval
Performance in German with French surtitles
Live streamed on Culture Box and on Medici.tv on 16 July