Symphony no.2 “RESURRECTION”
in UT Minor for Soprano, Alto
Mixed Chorus and Orchestra in five movements
First performed on 13/12/1985 in Berlin

Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
Stage director, stage,
costume and lighting designer: Romeo Castellucci
Dramaturgy: Piersandra Di Matteo

Soprano: Golda Schultz
Alto: Marianne Crebassa
Chœur et Orchestre de Paris

New production of the Festival D’Aix-En-Provence

in coproduction with Abu Dhabi Festival

with the support of Madame Aline Foriel-Destezet,
grande donatrice d’exception du Festival D’aix-En-Provence

with the support of Maja Hoffmann / Luma Foundation

Le cercle incises pour la création contemporaine

“The whole thing sounds as though it came to us from another world.
I think there is no one who can resist it.”

Gustav Mahler on 13 December 1895



Resurrection forms a diptych with Requiem (2019) – a striking meditation on the exhaustion and disappearance of all things – and takes up in a spectacular way the question of the aftermath: the question of a hypothetical renewal. The Stadium de Vitrolles designed by Rudy Ricciotti has been preserved in a state of beauty ravaged by twenty-five years of abandonment and clandestine occupations. Inside this iconic building Romeo Castellucci tackles the enigma of a mysterious rebirth. Resurrection is undoubtedly the most popular of all Mahler’s symphonies. The composer stages a gradual victory over his doubts and asserts his creative vocation and his newfound faith in the cosmos. The audience is immediately struck by the opening chaos orchestrating a magnificent funeral. The sublime final chorus enraptures listeners as it celebrates the Last Judgement and the divine love that is spread everywhere.


4, 7, 10, 11, 13 July 2022
Stadium De Vitrolles