Michel van der Aa

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March 2012

3D film opera Sunken Garden – advance details released

David Mitchell

Advance details have been released of Michel van der Aa’s new opera Sunken Garden. Composed with the novelist David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet), the opera is for three singers, chamber ensemble and electronics, and will make use of 2D and 3D film. An “occult-mystery” story, it explores truth and hoax through its protagonists’ dreams of a heaven-like walled garden between life and death.

More details and the opera’s official announcement will come at the end of April.

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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

  • 26 April 2018
    New work
    Wende Snijders, voice. Michel van der Aa, guitar
    Nieuw Amsterdams Peil
    Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands
  • 26 April 2018
    Dormant
    Nieuw Amsterdams Peil
    Lars Wouters van den Oudenweijer, clarinet. Mick Stirling, cello. Michel van der Aa, guitar.
    Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands
  • 26 April 2018
    Transit
    Gerard Bouwhuis, piano
    Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands

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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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Editors Jonathan Reeder, Tim Rutherford-Johnson
Web-design Studio Lonne Wennekendonk
Realisation Martijn ten Napel & Kyver
Latest update 25 April 2018