Private View

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Annelies Van Parys, one of the resident composers at Muziektheater Transparant, writes Private View, her first  opera, for the Opera XXI festival.

With the suspense of a thriller, the tension of a whodunit and a good dose of humour, she weaves a subtle web with references to Hitchcock’s visual idiom. Following her composition for the successful production Ruhe, performed by Collegium Vocale Gent, and the impressive Een Oresteia, she is continuing her artistic course in musical theatre. This time she is collaborating with the Scottish poet Jen Hadfield, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, and the Irish director Tom Creed. The Dutch 33 ⅓ Collective is responsible for the video and set design. The audience is drawn in and shares the view of a voyeur who shamelessly penetrates into other peoples’ lives. Private View confronts us with the ambiguity of watching and being watched, an issue that seems more relevant today than in the past: Big Brother is watching you, more than ever.

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A production of Muziektheater Transparant in coproduction with Concertgebouw Brugge, Operadagen Rotterdam, Opera Vlaanderen, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Asko|Schönberg, Collective 33 ⅓, National Opera Bergen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.With the support of BesteBuren. Private View was awarded the FEDORA - Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera 2014.

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Opera Ballet Vlaanderen - Antwerpen (Antwerpen)
+32 70 22 02 02
Opera Vlaanderen Gent (Gent)
+32 9 268 10 11
Musik der Jahrhunderte (Stuttgart)
+49 711 62 90 510
Vocal ensemble: Neue Vocalsolisten Direction | Dramaturgy: Tom CreedMusical direction: Etienne Siebens • Screenplay: Gaea SchoetersMusical performance: Asko | Schönberg Ensemble Soprano: Johanna Zimmer • Bass: Andreas Fischer • Tenor: Martin Nagy • Bariton: Guillermo Anzorena • Composition: Annelies Van ParysMezzo soprano: Truike van der Poel • Libretto: Jen HadfieldSet design | Video: Collective 33 1/3 • Lighting design: Peter Quasters