We launch our section on music, concerts and festivals in Provence with a full guide to the Festival of Lyric Art in Aix en Provence, including the city's new Easter Music Festival and other music-themed spin-offs such as Aix en Juin and Musique dans la Rue.

We also have an interview with the director Robert Lepage, whose visionary version of Igor Stravinsky's opera, The Nightingale took Aix by storm in 2010.

Over in Marseille we visit the elegant Art Deco Opera House and explore its programme and that of the Ballet International de Marseille, which is based there.

Click here to read our guide to the Roman town of Orange, whose prestigious Chorégies opera festival claims to be the oldest event of its kind in France. logoClick here to book a hotel in Provence

Opera de Marseille smallOne of the oldest and largest opera houses in France, the elegant Art Deco Opéra de Marseille offers a vibrant year-round programme of opera, ballet, concerts and other events.

Festival International d'Art Lyrique d'Aix en Provence logoAix's Festival of Lyric Art is a cultural highlight in Provence and its open-air performances in the balmy midsummer nights are magical occasions. The dates of the 2019 Festival are 3-22 July.

Robert LepageRobert Lepage's visionary version of Igor Stravinsky's The Nightingale, featured a flooded orchestra pit and Asian shadow puppets.

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