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Baalbeck international festival
30 June 2013

Sunday 30 June 2013


Grammy Award 2013 for Best Classical Solo
Bacchus Temple

One of the most beloved and celebrated musical figures of our time, soprano Renée Fleming captivates audiences with her sumptuous voice, consummate artistry, and compelling stage presence. Known as “the people’s diva” and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo, she continues to grace the world’s greatest opera stages and concert halls, now extending her reach to include other musical forms and media. At Baalbek, Renée Fleming will give one unique recital accompanied by pianist Maciej Pikulski. A gala dinner will follow in the Acropolis garden at the foot of the Temple.


Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August 2013


A musical and theatrical concert with Assi Hellani
Choreography by François Rahmé
Directed by Joe Moukarzel
Steps of Bacchus Temple

Renowned Lebanese singer Assi Hellani returns to the majestic temples with a colorful concert accompanied by an orchestra, a choir, magnificent dancers but also beautiful visuals. He has participated in many important musical events including the Jerash and Carthage Festivals and has toured extensively across Europe, the Arab world and the United States. Established as a major star in the region, he has so far released 13 studio albums. At Baalbelk, Assi Hellani will perform a varied repertoire and will interpret his most popular songs such as Halit Kalbi , Jan jnouni , Bab 3am yibki , Sa'alouni, Ma li sabir… as well as a new song dedicated to Baalbek.


Saturday 17 August 2013


Icon of Rock History
Steps of Bacchus Temple

Marianne Faithfull, rock muse of the 20th  century, is an icon that continues to make a significant mark in the history of pop music. Discovered at the age of 17 by the producer of the Rolling Stones - who invited her to interpret Mick Jagger and Keith Richards’ first composition As Tears Go By - the beautiful British blonde, whose hoarse voice and eventful life made her famous in Swinging London, has also collaborated with acclaimed musicians such as Serge Gainsbourg, David Bowie, Metallica and Nick Cave. Her successful latest album Horses and High Heels was released in 2011. On stage, this living legend will perform several songs by the Rolling Stones including Sister Morphine and other famous hits that the audience is looking forward to, such as The Ballad of Lucy Jordan and Broken English.


Friday 23 August 2013


Jazz Takes a Brazilian Twist
Steps of Bacchus Temple

Eliane Elias is a brilliant jazz pianist, arranger, vocalist and songwriter. As the protégée of Vinicius de Moraes and Antonio Carlos Jobim, fathers of bossa nova, the famous Brazilian pianist went on to collaborate with musicians like Herbie Hancock, Jack DeJohnette and Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil. A talented composer, she released Something for You in 2008, a tribute record to the famous pianist Bill Evans. Her latest album, Light My Fire, which reached the top of the jazz charts all over Europe, is further proof of her talent for interpretation. She takes pleasure in returning to the stage with songs by great pop artists such as Stevie Wonder's My Cherie Love, Bob Marley's Jammin , the Doors and Beck.

Accompanied by the best musicians in the jazz scene, Eliane Elias promises a sexy, romantic and passionate musical journey, as only Brazilian jazz knows how to be.


Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 August 2013


and his Oud
Bacchus Temple

Marcel Khalifé will sing for you, alone with his oud, inside the Temple of Bacchus. A challenge only a few artists can take up. Marcel Khalife is a unique artist who has written countless songs and albums, awards, distinctions and medals to his credit. These two long awaited concerts are invitations to share the musician's intimacy, his dreams, his poetry, and his struggles. Marcel Khalifé is associated with Lebanon, with resistance, and with love. Sitting very closely to the audience, he will sing his memorable songs: fi bali oughniya, a modest but powerful concert.


Friday 30 August 2013


Contemporary dance
Choreography : Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui
Production: Eastman
Singers: Fadia Tomb el Hage, Kazunari Abe and "A Filetta", Corsican polyphonic group
Steps of Bacchus Temple

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui is the symbol of European contemporary dance worldwide. A successful choreographer, (remember Babel in Beiteddine in 2011) Cherkaoui first presented Puz/zle at the Avignon Festival in 2012 and is now touring across the world. In this work, Cherkaoui attempts to seek the role of mankind within the world’s puzzle and continues his exploration of identity, religion, culture and emotion. He not only works with the best dancers but also with the most talented musicians. As such, the show includes Japanese musician Kazunari Abe, the famous Corsican polyphonic singing group "A Filetta" as well as the powerful voice of Lebanese soprano Fadia Tomb El-Hage. Singers and dancers take part in an amazing composition tackling the theme of the stone. We could not ask for more sumptuous surroundings than the temples of Baalbeck to stage the stones and men under the direction of the man who is recognized as one of the major talents of dance of today.