Sir George Benjamin's Picture a day like this (world premiere)

With Marianne Crebassa, Anna Prohaska, Beate Mordal… — Daniel Jeanneteau & Marie-Christine Soma (stage direction), Sir George Benjamin (conductor)

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Martin Crimp — Libretto

Daniel Jeanneteau — Stage director, set designer, lighting, dramaturgy

Marie-Christine Soma — Stage director, set designer, lighting, dramaturgy

Marie La Rocca — Costumes

Hicham Berrada — Video

Marianne Crebassa — Woman

Anna Prohaska — Zabelle

Beate Mordal — Lover 1 / Composer

Cameron Shahbazi — Lover 2 / Composer's Assistant

John Brancy — Artisan / Collector

Lisa Grandmottet — Actress

Eulalie Rambaud — Actress

Matthieu Baquey — Actor

Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Program notes

The Aix-en-Provence Festival is known for creating events that get the classical music world buzzing, and the 2023 edition brings us the world premiere of British composer Sir George Benjamin's new opera, Picture a day like this! An event of this magnitude calls for an all-star cast: Marianne Crebassa et Anna Prohaska perform the two lead roles in this fourth collaboration between Benjamin and dramaturge Martin Crimp (the same partnership that gave us the sensational Written on Skin, also in Aix).

Picture a day like this recounts the story of a woman bereft at the loss of her baby, who is told that she has a chance to restore her infant to life: "Find one happy person in this world and cut one button from their sleeve. Do it before night and your child will live." After a series of initially promising encounters end in disappointment, can she pull off the miracle she needs? Find out in this fable about human nature, a tale of self-discovery where the flow of music—performed by the excellent Mahler Chamber Orchestra, marking their 25th anniversary—follows the flow of life.

Photo © Jean-Louis Fernandez

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