Michel van der Aa

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May 2011

German premiere of 'The Book of Disquiet'

Klaus Maria Brandauer

Following five-star performances in Linz, Amsterdam and Porto in 2009 and 2010, Michel van der Aa’s third stage work, The Book of Disquiet , will receive its German premiere at the Staatstheater Saarbrücken on 20 May 2011.

The libretto to The Book of Disquiet is constructed from text fragments by the Portuguese poet Fernando Pessoa, who often cast himself in a series of distinct characters, or ‘heteronyms’. Van der Aa portrays these multiple personalities through music, live action and video, described by the Guardian’s Andrew Clements as “a beautifully shot parade of visuals”. Klaus Maria Brandauer stars as Pessoa’s alter ego, bookseller Bernando Soares, while the Portuguese fado star Ana Moura appears on film as Ophelia, a girl in Soares’s dreams.

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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

  • 27 September 2017
    Blank Out
    Miah Persson, soprano
    Park Avenue Armory
    Wade Thompson Drill Hall, New York, U.S.A.
  • 28 September 2017
    Auburn (Montenegro premiere)
    Mislav Režić, guitar
    Niksic Guitar Festival
    8pm, Kings Nicola Castle, Montenegro
  • 07 October 2017
    Hysteresis (Swedish premiere)
    Svenska Kammarorkestern, cond. Tung-Chie Chuang
    Kari Kriikku, clarinet
    3pm, Konserthus, Örebro, Sweden

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  • kind words about the US premiere of ‘Blank Out’ in the New York Times 😃
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@parkavearmory #blankout #contemporarymusic #opera #newyorkcity kind words about the US premiere of ‘Blank Out’ in the New York Times 😃 (link in bio) - - @parkavearmory #blankout #contemporarymusic #opera #newyorkcity

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  • the thing with playing guitar through an epic looping delay is that the fuckups also haunt you for ever 05 July 2017
  • and here am I covering Klaus Maria Brandauer in paper boats https://t.co/WarKXl6POv 04 July 2017
  • preparing "The Book of Disquiet" for Lucerne Festival. Came across these 'making of’ photos.… https://t.co/f16zqUmda9 04 July 2017

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