A State-Of-The-Art Performing Arts Complex:
The Grand Théâtre de Provence, Aix-en-Provence’s performing arts complex, opened on 29 June 2007 with the inaugural performance of Richard Wagner’s Die Walküre.
The Grand Théâtre de Provence was part of a comprehensive redevelopment of Aix-en-Provence city centre and whilst Wagner’s opera marked the beginning of the artistic and cultural influence of the Grand Théâtre de Provence on Aix-en-Provence, the completion of this major urban development was also a symbol of the cultural revival of for the city.
21st Century Music Auditorium
The Grand Théâtre de Provence is a 21st century state-of-the-art music auditorium. Situated at the heart of the new district of Sextius Mirabeau, the auditorium is only a minute’s walk from the historic centre of Aix-en-Provence.
Designed by Italian architects Vittorio Gregotti and Paolo Colao, the Grand Théâtre de Provence has a seating capacity of 1350 seats including 950 in the pit. The orchestra pit can hold up to 105 musicians and it has a 32 x 15 m stage, a large room and rehearsal studios. This theatre is spring loaded so as to effectively eliminate vibrations from the nearby railway tracks.
Music, Opera and Ballet
The auditorium is designed to hold a range of music performances, including classical, baroque, opera, recitals and jazz. It also caters for ballets, dance performances and shows for younger audiences. Its large public areas include the patio, the entrance hall and 6,000 m2 of terraces. The catering areas include a panoramic open-air restaurant and a 200-seat restaurant with terrace and a large bar for 900 people.
The Grand Théâtre de Provence has been the home of the French Youth Orchestra since December 2007.
Aix-en-Provence has a long tradition of music festivals and enjoys visits from many international orchestras and dance troops. It is also one of the venues for the annual Aix-en-Provence Music and Opera Festival.
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Grand Théâtre de Provence
380 avenue Max Juvenal