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February 2016

World premiere of new 3D film opera, Blank Out

Miah PerssonMiah Persson

Michel van der Aa’s new chamber opera, Blank Out will be premiered in March at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ, Amsterdam. Commissioned by Dutch National Opera’s Opera Forward Festival, it is based upon the life and work of Ingrid Jonker. Sometimes described as the “South African Sylvia Plath,” Jonker was a brilliant poet who wrote against the apartheid regime, but whose traumatic and troubled life led to her suicide at 31 in the sea off Cape Town.

Building on the technological innovation of Sunken Garden , Blank Out uses the intersection of live action and 3D video to explore the nature of memory and the effects of trauma. The Swedish soprano Miah Persson appears on stage as a lone woman dealing with a disturbing event in her past. She is accompanied on film by the baritone Roderick Williams, and on the work’s electronic soundtrack by the Nederlands Kamerkoor.

Blank Out will receive its first performances on 20, 21 and 25 March 2016 as part of the Opera Forward Festival, and tickets are available via either the Muziekgebouw aant ’t IJ or the National Opera itself.
A co-commission with the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and the Lucerne Festival it will be performed in Rome this May, and in Lucerne in June 2017.

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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

  • 29 November 2019
    Violin Concerto (Mexican premiere)
    Guanajuato Symphony Orchestra. Conductor, Roberto Beltrán Zavala.
    Daniel Rowland, violin.
    20:30 hrs, State Auditorium, Guanajuato, Mexico
  • 07 February 2020
    Mask
    Manson Ensemble conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth
    Duke’s Hall, Royal Academy of Music, London, United Kingdom
  • 20 February 2020
    Transit
    Małgorzata Walentynowicz, piano
    TonArt Festival, Esslingen, Germany

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  • tomorrow (Sunday) the brilliant Nieuw Amsterdams Peil will perform two of my works at November Music (For the Time Being, and Transit).
They even play them twice, 13.30 and 14.30 hrs at Babel in Den Bosch. See you there?
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https://www.novembermusic.net/programma/michel-van-der-aa-nap tomorrow (Sunday) the brilliant Nieuw Amsterdams Peil will perform two of my works at November Music (For the Time Being, and Transit). They even play them twice, 13.30 and 14.30 hrs at Babel in Den Bosch. See you there? - https://www.novembermusic.net/programma/michel-van-der-aa-nap

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