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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Produced by Muziektheater Transparant and co-produced by the 33 ¹⁄³ Collective, Asko|Schönberg, Opera Days Rotterdam, Concertgebouw Brugge, Deutsche Oper Berlin, National Opera Bergen and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg. With the support of the Productiefonds Oost Nederland and BesteBuren. The composition was commissioned from Annelies Van Parys by Muziektheater Transparant and Kunsthuis Opera Vlaanderen. The libretto was commissioned by National Opera Bergen. Private View was awarded the first Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera in 2014.


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Armel Opera Festival (Budapest)
+36 1 269 3882
Plzen 2015, o. p. s. (Pilsen)
+420 724 001 308
Deutsche Oper Berlin (Berlin)
+49 30 343 84 633
November Music Nederland ('s-Hertogenbosch)
+31 73 612 20 00
Concertgebouw Brugge (Brugge)
+32 50 47 69 99
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ (Amsterdam)
+31 20 788 20 00
Costumes: Viviane Coubergs • Screenplay: Gaea SchoetersMusical performance: Neue Vocalsolisten Asko | Schönberg Ensemble Composition: Annelies Van ParysLibretto: Jen HadfieldDirection: Tom CreedConductor: Etienne SiebensSet design | Video: Collective 33 1/3 Lighting design: Peter Quasters