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January 1970

Program and cast

Conductor: Daniele Rustioni
Stage Director: Barrie Kosky
Stage and Costume Designer: Katrin Lea Tag
Lighting Designer: Franck Evin
Dramaturge: Olaf A. Schmitt
Sir John Falstaff: Christopher Purves
Ford: Stéphane Degout*
Fenton: Juan Francisco Gatell
Mrs Alice Ford: Carmen Giannattasio
Mrs Quickly: Daniela Barcellona
Nannetta: Giulia Semenzato*
Mrs Meg Page: Antoinette Dennefeld
Dottore Cajus: Gregory Bonfatti
Bardolfo: Rodolphe Briand
Pistola: Antonio di Matteo

Chorus and Orchestra
Chœur et Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon

*former artists of the Académie

Theater of the Archbishop

With its grand staircase, medieval arches and 17th century wings enclosing an almost square space, the courtyard of the former archbishop’s palace in Aix is a jewel in the architectural crown of Aix-en-Provence and one of the locations that most memorably evokes the past of its historic centre. It was made into a theatre in 1948 and is now the venue most closely associated with the Festival.

It was last refurbished in 1998, when the facades were restored and work was undertaken to create a special relationship between stage and audience. Every summer, the Théâtre de l’Archevêché exudes a magical atmosphere, which François Mauriac described as reminiscent of “Don Juan among the stars”.

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