One summer festival closes in glory

One summer festival closes in glory


norman lebrecht

July 26, 2021

While Bayreuth and Salzburg have caught the jitters and Verbier is missing an orchestra and several soloists, one summer festival got through from start to finish without a single hitch.

The Aix-en-Provence festival has just closed its biggest summer with a major world premiere opera, 750 artists, 7 new productions, totally packed out houses and no disruption of any kind.

Credit to Pierre Audi and his team, and a pleasure for us to report good news.


  • Martijn Dendievel says:

    Don’t forget to mention the Pärnu Music Festival in Estonia which has also been without any kind of disruption, even with sold-out halls and many international artists.

  • Wurm says:

    Ha! And Germans think themselves the great organisers…

    • HugoPreuss says:

      No, we don’t. Why shouldn’t the team at Verbier be able to organize something great and beautiful. Good for them!

      But we tend to be very safety oriented and prefer to err on the side of caution.

  • Alexander says:

    Apparently, one of the word’s most charming festivals …. and mainly opera

  • V.Lind says:

    Words that are beginning to give me pause: “packed out house.”

  • Petros Linardos says:

    More power to Aix-en-Provence. We would be grateful if Slipped Disc focused more of its attention to the real work done at such great festivals.

  • Melisane says:

    With utmost effort, sharp intelligence and care for all involved, the 2021 Aix-en-Provence Festival was a triumph. Kaija Saariaho’s new opera Innocence an absolute highlight not to be missed in upcoming live-performanced.

  • Willa says:

    Nina Stemmer cancelled her recital due to family death. The refund was promptly delivered in 3 days!

  • MJA says:

    I’m glad to see it’s “a pleasure … to report good news” but it does make me wonder why, so often, SD seems to take pleasure in the reverse.