Diary of One Who Disappeared

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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.

A series of mysterious poems about a village boy called Janik, who falls in love with the gypsy girl Zefka and gives up everything to follow her, inspired the 61-year-old Janáček (1854-1928) to write this poetic cycle of songs for voice and piano. The 22 scenes not only reflect Janáček’s despair about unattainable affection for his much younger muse Kamila Stösslová, but evolves in the approach of Krystian Lada, Annelies Van Parys and Ivo van Hove into a meta-narrative that tackles themes such as passion, exclusion and identity.
 

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Coproduction: Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Klarafestival, De Munt/La Monnaie Choral MM Academy, Kaaitheater, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Operadagen Rotterdam & Beijing Music Festival.

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Fondazione Roma Europa Arte e Cultura (Rome)
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6/10/2018
19:00
Beijing Music Festival (Beijing )
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http://www.bmf.org.cn
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21/10/2018
22/10/2018
19:30
19:30
Brno International Music Festival (Brno)
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30/11/2018
19:00
Fondazione I Teatri Reggio Emilia (Reggio Emilia)
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8/12/2018
20:30
Tandem ArrasDouai (Douai)
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8/1/2019
9/1/2019
20:00
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Espace des Arts (CHALON-SUR-SAONE )
03 85 42 52 12
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18/1/2019
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L'Onde - Théâtre et Centre d'Art (Vélizy-Villacoublay)
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1/2/2019
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Opéra De Rouen (Rouen)
+33 2 35 98 50 98
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7/2/2019
8/2/2019
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (Brooklyn, NY.)
001 718 636 4100
www.bam.org
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4/4/2019
5/4/2019
6/4/2019
19:30
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Royal Opera House London (London)
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www.roh.org.uk
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5/6/2019
6/6/2019
8/6/2019
19:45
19:45
19:45

Composition: Leoš Janáček • New composition: Annelies Van ParysMusical Director I Piano: Lada ValesovaDirection: Ivo van HoveAssistant director: Romain Gilbert • Scenography | Lighting design: Jan VersweyveldCostume Design: An D'HuysDramaturgy: Krystian LadaMezzo sopranos: Marie Hamard or Raphaële GreenTenors: Peter Gijsbertsenor Ed Lyonor Andrew DickinsonActors: Hugo Koolschijnor Wim van der Grijnor Gijs Scholten van Aschatthree voices: Naomi Beeldens • Trees Bekwé • Hanna Al-Bender • Isabelle Jacques • Raphaële Green • Lisa Willems • Annelies Van Gramberen • Annelies Kerstens • Jana Pieters • Fabienne Seveillac

Annelies Van Parys, an exceptional Belgian artist, has added her own compositions … and she has done so in a sublime way with an incredible amount of respect for Janácek’s music. … A very intimate performance, a miniature.

Chantal Pattyn - Klara Radio - 12 March 2017

One thing this production certainly has to offer, is the accompanying music composed by Annelies Van Parys. The added value is great, mysterious, beautiful. Elaborating on the existing passages for female voices, she has created full-fledged counter voices, who turn Janácek’s haunted male conscience inside out. This delivers a composition worthy of a wide audience and a long lasting life.

Tom Janssens - De Standaard *** - 13 March 2017

What stands out from all of this, is the way in which Van Parys has written the role of the gypsy woman. Van Parys finds a way to seamlessly entwine her style with Janácek’s style without the two coinciding. ... This flowing solo, incredibly rich in sound and rhythm and sung by the strong Zefka, proves why the future of the opera might well be feminine. On the stage, but certainly off the stage as well, at the composer’s table.

Els Van Steenberghe - Knack Focus*** - 17 March 2017

“… an arresting confrontation with Leos Janácek, man and musician. Annelies Van Parys’ commentaries intensified the various stages in this concentrated song cycle... The tenor Ed Lyon was marvellous, both as an actor and singer. Powerful and persuasive… And also all praise to the mezzo Marie Hamard: precise, warm and passionate, and moreover a very natural presence on stage. … The only Czech member of the ensemble was the pianist Lada Valesová. She didn’t sing, but her piano-playing was masterly.

Guido Defever - Klassiek Centraal - 5 April 2017