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Muziektheater Transparant
On Tour

1 & 2 Oct - Opéra de Rennes, Rennes (F)
4 Oct - Le théâtre de Saint-Nazaire, Saint-Nazaire (F)
8 & 9 Oct - Anthéa, Antibes (F)
12 & 13 Oct Théâtre des Salins, Martigues (F)

Leoš Janaček wrote a song cycle in 22 scenes about a loving village boy. Annelies Van Parys writes an answer to this gripping story. Ivo Van Hove directs.

Produced by Muziektheater Transparant, co-produced by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Klarafestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, Kaaitheater, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opera Days Rotterdam.

Diary of One Who Disappeared ©Jan Versweyveld

6 Oct - La Biennale di Venezia 2019, Teatro Goldoni, Venice (IT)
20 Oct - Transit Festival, STUK, Leuven (B)

HERMESensemble - conducted by Koen Kessels - is taking us on a journey to the boundaries between visual arts and contemporary music.

Composers: Wim Henderickx (Atlantic Wall , 2012), Annelies Van Parys (Histoire du Soldat Inconnu, 2008), Vykintas Baltakas (Neon Sea, 2019)

Italian première of HISTOIRE DU SOLDAT INCONNU (2008), a score by Annelies Van Parys. The music by Annelies Van Parys is a commentary to the film 'Histoire du soldat inconnu' (1932) by Henri Storck, a powerful protest against the obscenity and hypocrisy of militarism, based on the atmospheres inspired by the sequences and their sarcastic and aggressive editing, and sometimes relying on citations.

This concert program is also performed by HERMESensemble at Transit Festival in Leuven, conducted by Manoj Kamps.

Biennale Musica
Transit Festival

Symfonie nr. 1, ‘Carillon’
17.11.2019 - 15:15
Antwerp Symphony Ochestra
Koningin Elisabethzaal, Antwerp (B)

Van Parys Symfonie nr. 1, ‘Carillon’
Debussy Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Debussy Rhapsodie (for clarinet en orchestra)
Brewaeys Symfonie nr. 5, ‘Laphroaig’

Annelies Van Parys follows in the footsteps of her teacher Luc Brewaeys. She transforms musical themes she finds in streets and cities and transforms these into expressive pieces of music. In 2006, for example, she wrote her First Symphony for the Antwerp Symphony Orchestra, in which she turns the sounds of the Ghent Belfry inside out.

Patrick Davin conductor
Filip Rathé conductor
Nele Delafonteyne clarinet
ChampdAction electronics

Antwerp Symphony Orchestra

Antwerp Symphony Ochestra, Laphroaig
['tactus] Young Composers' Forum
from 25.11.2019
until 30.11.2019

Jury: Jean-Paul Dessy, Kimmo Hakola, Claude Ledoux, Ann McKay, Benoît Mernier, Annelies Van Parys & Jeroen D'hoe

Young composers are often faced with the same problem when writing for a symphony orchestra: the orchestra itself, a strong, costly "instrument" that is not readily available. The commissions are generally awarded to experienced and well known composers. Without orchestral experience, the knowledge necessary to acquire the basic writing techniques for a large orchestra cannot be developed. It is a vicious circle.

The Young Composers' Forum sets out to allow young composers to develop their knowledge as well as their familiarity with the symphony orchestra and the chamber music forms.

In 2019, new reading sessions for young composers are organised in collaboration with Brussels Philharmonic and ensemble Musiques Nouvelles. 

['tactus] Young Composers' Forum

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Staatsoper Berlin (D)
16 - 26 January 2020

“The result is fantastic… Everything is simply right in this production: the songs, the claustrophobic notes from the orchestra, the bleak set design and the special effects with smoke and lightning strikes that reinforce the fall of the house on many levels…”  Der Tagesspiegel 

Since her 2015 opera "Private View" based on an Alfred Hitchcock film, if not earlier, the Belgian Annelies Van Parys has established her reputation as one of the most innovative composers of contemporary musical theatre. Her work is distinguished by a keen interest in the facets of the human singing voice as well as an idiosyncratic approach to instrumentation. Starting with the material of the uncompleted opera – Debussy left behind several libretto drafts, a musical fragment of about 20 minutes and some sketches – Van Parys develops in "USHER" a chamber music theatre that probes the category of the uncanny in a specific musical and theatrical way.

Music Annelies Van Parys / Claude Debussy 
Text Gaea Schoeters / Claude Debussy based on "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe

Musical Director Marit Strindlund Director, set designer, light Philippe Quesne Dramaturgy Roman Reeger Roderick Usher David Oštrek L'ami Martin Gerke Le médecin Dominic Kraemer Lady Madeline Ruth Rosenfeld & Musicians of the Staatskapelle Berlin 

Commissioned by Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin and Folkoperan Stockholm in co-production with Muziektheater Transparant (B), Opera Vlaanderen (B) and Nanterre - Amandiers centre dramatique national (F).

Staatsoper Berlin

USHER ©Mats Bäcker -
represented by Tallieu Art Office - -
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