Michel van der Aa


March 2015

Sunken Garden sold out at Opéra de Lyon

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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

  • 24 October 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor.
    Runs from 10-27 October.
    Beijing Music Festival, Beijing, China
  • 25 October 2019
    Hysteresis (Chinese premiere)
    Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Vicente Alberola
    Jaan Bossier, clarinet
    Beijing Music Festival, Beijing, China
  • 03 November 2019
    For the time being
    Bernadeta Astari, mezzo-soprano. Heleen Hulst, violin. Gerard Bouwhuis, piano. Dario Calderone, double bass
    November Music
    13:30 hrs, Babel, Den Bosch, Netherlands



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recent video

Eight - teaser

eightvirtual reality installation ft. Kate Miller-Heidke
1:22 min.

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Web-design Studio Lonne Wennekendonk
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Latest update 17 October 2019