Michel van der Aa

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October 2009

After Life revival in Amsterdam

After Life 2009After Life at the Muziektheater

Michel van der Aa’s opera After Life returned to De Nederlandse Opera last month to great public and critical acclaim. After Life, based on the film by Hirokazu Kore-Eda, was premiered at the 2006 Holland Festival in a sold-out run at the Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, and its success prompted De Nederlandse Opera to schedule a revival at the Amsterdam Muziektheater from 29 September through 4 October. The original cast was reunited with the Asko Schoenberg Ensemble, conducted by Otto Tausk.

As a music theatre maker, Van der Aa achieves unparalleled results
***** (five stars)
— Volkskrant, Frits van der Waa

Van der Aa is capable of evocative communication and has a remarkable feeling for suggestion…The images are once again moving and effective.
— Parool, Erik Voermans

A masterpiece. Everyone, but everyone, must see it.
— 8Weekly, Henri Drost

The composer has revised the work in preparation for touring. The production will travel to the Lyon Opera in March 2010 and to London in May 2010 in a semi-staged version as part of the Barbican Centre’s Present Voices series.

- read more about After Life

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Michel van der Aa (Netherlands, 1970) is a truly multidisciplinary figure in contemporary music. A unique voice, he combines composition with film and stage direction, and script writing. Classical instruments, voices, electronic sound, actors, theatre and video are all seamless extensions of his musical vocabulary.

upcoming performances

  • 13 August 2017
    Blank Out (Swiss premiere)
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Roderick Williams (film), Nederlands Kamerkoor (film)
    Lucerne Festival
    4pm, KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 13 August 2017
    The Book of Disquiet (Swiss premiere)
    Walter Sigi Arnold, actor
    Ensemble of the Lucerne Festival Alumni
    11am, Luzerner Theater, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • 17 August 2017
    Up-close (Swiss premiere)
    Chamber Orchestra of the Lucerne Festival Academy
    Jay Campbell, cello
    18.20 hrs, Luzerner Saal/KKL, Lucerne, Switzerland

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