Premiere of the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera's Winner 2020

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10 July 2022

Aix-en-Provence / France



led by LOD Muziektheater
at Festival d'Aix-en-Provence (France) - 10.07.2022

Winner of the FEDORA-GENERALI Prize for Opera 2022

On 10 July, the winner of the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera 2020, "Woman at Point Zero", reached the stage at Festival D'Aix-en-Provence. This new bold and moving creation carries a universal story of abuse and emancipation and was led by LOD Muziektheater. It is the fruit of the collaboration of five talented creators: composer Bushra El-Turk, stage director Laila Soliman, librettist Stacy Hardy, and film-maker Aida Elkashef.

Based on Nawal El Saadawi's novel, Woman at Point Zero tells the story of an Egyptian woman waiting on death row: she killed her pimp in self-defense and is about to be hanged. Ferdaous - whose name in Arabic means paradise - tells her own story from hell: that of a woman who, from a very young age, has suffered all forms of male domination and exploitation, up to and including prostitution.

Learn more about the project here.

Awarding the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera Trophy

On 13 July, Edilia Gänz, FEDORA's Director, bestowed the FEDORA - GENERALI Prize for Opera trophy to composer Bushra El-Turk, on behalf of FEDORA's President, Jérôme-François Zieseniss, of the Prize's Sponsor, Generali, and of the 2020 jury chaired by Nicholas Payne, Director of Opera Europa.

From left to right: Stephanie Deporcq, Pierre Audi, Müge Naz Altay, Bushra El-Turk, Edilia Gänz, Hans Brunel, Justine Touchon, Jérôme Brunetière

In the Press

"It was unusual and heartening to see an opera that had women directing, conducting, composing and libretto-writing, as well as starring."
The New York Times - July 2022

"La portée émotionnelle est palpable et l’intérêt sonore et conceptuel au rendez-vous, à écouter les applaudissements serrés du public qui s'est déplacé et a été visiblement ému par « l’affirmation d’une volonté profonde : se projeter dans l’avenir d’un monde où toutes les femmes pourront vivre libres. »"
Olyrix - July 2022

"Woman at Point Zero n’aura fait qu’un bref tour de piste au Pavillon noir, suffisant pour marquer les esprits."
Télérama - July 2022


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