Michel van der Aa


March 2015

Sunken Garden sold out at Opéra de Lyon

Sunken Garden - bloodpondSunken Garden

Sunken Garden is about to receive its first French performances at Opéra de Lyon, from 15 to 20 March. However, tickets will be hard to come by – all five shows sold out months ago.

The opera has had successful runs already in London and Amsterdam, but this will be the first outing for a new adaptation of the piece, which has been thoroughly reimagined for more intimate venues and with a greater physical presence.

Dealing in bright hoax and dark truth, in the virtual and the bodily, in the isolation of the broadband age, and in the primal impulse to cheat mortality at any cost, Sunken Garden is an unforgettable occult-mystery film-opera. With changes made to the libretto, music and film this new version – an alternative take rather than a true revision – has even greater impact than before.


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
    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
    Gerard Bouwhuis, piano
    Korzo Theater, Den Haag, Netherlands



  • three performances down, six more to go 🔥❤
Tonight we play at the @wilminktheater in Enschede. Will you join us? 
@namspeil @wendesnijders #spotlight 📷 @ganzevoort three performances down, six more to go 🔥❤ Tonight we play at the @wilminktheater in Enschede. Will you join us? @namspeil @wendesnijders #spotlight 📷 @ganzevoort


  • 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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recent audio


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