Tuscan Sun Festival – A Fan’s First-hand Account

Thank you to [you know who you are] for this account of Jeremy at the 2011 Tuscan Sun Festival:

(Photos at the bottom of the post…)

“The evening was a mix of theater, music and ballet and told the story of the 9 year long relationship between Chopin and female writer George Sand. Though I really like Chopin’s music and they played the pieces pretty well, I just wished there were less music and more Jeremy.

As for his acting: he was breathtaking… I was very curious whether he could do a convincing Chopin. Not only because he had to play a young man (half of his age), but because of Chopin’s character, who was a fragile, angelic man, ill all the time, sophisticated and sensitive in a sort of feminine way (while Sand was the more dominant, stronger party in the relationship). And yes, he did it… He transformed completely, especially in the second half of the play, when he becomes more and more ill and lonely and finally brakes up with Sand. You just wanted to take him to your arms carefully and protect him – just like George Sand must have felt about Chopin.

I’m not sure if I have ever seen him being so painfully beautiful like this evening. His hair was something like in Appaloosa, curly at the back, and his skinny, fragile figure was emphasized with long, narrow-fitted clothes. And his face… it was truly expressive, lost, and dreamy (do you remember the last scene of M Butterfly? I could compare his between-genders presence to that). Every bit of him was alive, his playing was so subtle, sensitive and expressive!

As for the set, they had two armchairs and a table at each side of the stage, Sinead on the right, Jeremy on the left. At the back, in the middle the piano. Simon Trpceski played the pieces, while Jeremy sort of pretended to play them either sitting on a chair with his back to the audience or standing at the side of the piano.

There was an ovation at the end of course, they got flowers, and Jeremy threw his to the audience with a cheeky smile before he disappeared behind the curtains. Outside of the theater the crowd waited for them. The musicians came, then the dancers came, God knows who else came, but not them. I waited at least an hour but they must have left through a stage door or something, which was a bit disappointing. Both Max and Sam were there with girlfriends. I saw them briefly, they walked away on foot. Now they are at the charity dinner.”

Jeremy Irons – Tuscan Sun Festival – HUGE High-res Photos!

Click on the thumbnails for HUGE high-resolution photos of Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack at the 2011 Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy.

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Jeremy Irons in Italy for the Tuscan Sun Festival

Jeremy Irons and his wife, Sinead Cusack, were in Cortona, Italy, for their 4 August performance at the Tuscan Sun Festival.

Jeremy Irons and Riccardo Baracchi @ il Falconiere in Cortona on a Midsummer’s Night:

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Photo via Sally Fischer Public Relations

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Source for the press conference photos: https://picasaweb.google.c​om/105067193867522646525/J​eremyIronsESidneyCusackACo​rtonaPerIlTuscanSun

Other sources:

http://t.co/9inWkyA    [arezzonotizie.it]

http://t.co/KjYnT7D  [Repubblica.it]

http://t.co/T5GSsJ9  [TVP]

Jeremy Irons to be at Tuscan Sun Festival

Irons and Stone to play Chopin and Sand

Renowned British actor Jeremy Irons will play Frederic Chopin and Hollywood star Sharon Stone his long-time lover George Sand in a play staged at the Tuscan Sun Festival in Cortona, Italy on 5 August 2011.

In Nocturne: seduction, smoke and music – a love story of Chopin and George Sand, the remarkable acting duet will present a story of the Polish composer and French novelist’s turbulent love which lasted over ten years.

Stone and Irons will read letters out that the lovers sent to each other and acclaimed musicians, including Russian cellist Nina Kotova and British pianist Lucy Parham will play Chopin’s compositions.

Among the guests of this year’s festival, which starts on 30 July and ends on 7th August in the heart of Tuscany, include world-renowned pianist Martha Argerich, who will dedicate her performance to the homeland Argentina and tango, and pop musician Sting, who, together with his wife Trudie Styler will stage Masters of Wine, a live theatrical performance about wine, dance and yoga.

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