Aix-en-Provence Festival

Aix-en-Provence 1978

The SCO was invited to give a series of concerts at the prestigious Festival International d'Art Lyrique in Aix-en-Provence, France.

Soprano Teresa Berganza played Ruggiero in Jorge Lavelli's production of  Handel's Alcina. Raymond Leppard conducted the opera seria at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché for performances throughout June.

Charles Mackerras led the orchestra in a co-production of Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with Scottish Opera at the Théâtre de l'Archevêché in July.

Trumpeter Maurice André joined the orchestra for a programme of Haydn, Teleman and Tartini, led by Roderick Brydon at the Cloitre Saint-Louis. 

Returning to the Cloitre Saint-Louis, the orchestra and conductor Roberto Benzi were joined by soloists Philippe Langridge (tenor) and Michael Thompson (horn) for a programme that featured Britten's Serenade for Horn and Tenor alongside Mozart's Symphony No 38 in D 'Prague' and Schuberts Symphony No 5 in B flat Major.

"...the most striking production yet of a Handel opera." - The Times, 1977
The Times, 1977
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