<!-- Image with inadequate rationale removed: -->The festival international d'art lyrique
is an annual international music festival
which takes place each summer in Aix-en-Provence
, principally in the month of July. Devoted mainly to opera, it also includes concerts of orchestral, chamber, vocal and solo instrumental music.
The first festival took place in July 1948. It was made up of three or four concerts in the cour de l'Archevêché, a concert in the Saint-Sauveur cathedral
, and six further concerts and recitals in various locations throughout the town. An opera was added to these concerts, Mozart
's Così fan tutte
, a work practically unknown by the French public at the time. However, it was not until 1949 that the festival became a success with its production of Don Giovanni
From inception until 1974, the festival was directed by Gabriel Dussorget
who devoted much attention to the artistic and detailed aspects of the productions, which in turn attracted much attention to the festival.
Under the direction of Bernard Lefort
from 1974 to 1982, the Festival became devoted to bel canto
opera and, in general, a celebration of the voice. Performances of 19th century operas by Verdi
were given by the reigning stars of bel canto such as Montserrat Caballé
, José Carreras
, Marilyn Horne
, and Katia Ricciarelli
, and the Festival spread throughout the town.
From 1982, a broadening of the repertoire to include baroque to modern operas (Britten