Annelies Van Parys : Private View
- Sunday, 12.03
- Peer Gynt-salen, Grieghallen, Edvard Griegs plass 1
- Annelies Van Parys, Music
Etienne Sieben, Conductor
BIT20 Ensemble, Orchestra
Neue Vocalsolisten, Vocal ensemble
Jen Hadfield, Libretto
Tom Creed, Director
Collective 33 1/3, Visual Design
Peter Quasters, Light Design
Viviane Coubergs, Costume Design
Gaea Schoeters, Scenography
Voyeurism and social isolation are at the heart of this thriller chamber opera, which has as its starting point Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window (1954). Annelies Van Parys’ Private View is set in the enclosed world of a block of flats; the residents have withdrawn completely into themselves and hardly know their neighbours. But can the shared anxiety caused by a murder bring these people together? In the circumstances it creates, what is real, and what is imagined? Who are the people we observe, and what can we find out by watching them? Is what we see – and interpret – always the truth?
As the four singers on stage manipulate giant projection screens, the characters are reduced to archetypes, metaphors for patterns of inter-human relations, sketched only by way of their actions or inaction. Footage from old films drives the story onward in an ambiguous manner; nothing is unequivocally true or untrue, everything remains open to interpretation. All too often, the voyeur forgets that the object of his gaze is looking back. So when the murderer begins to dispose of the witnesses, the threat shifts directly to the voyeur par excellence: the audience.
Chilling opera that lives as much in the world of film noir as it does on the opera stage.
The Norwegian premiere is Saturday 11th of March, 19:00.
Private View presented in collaboration with Bergen Nasjonale Opera and BIT20 Ensemble.
Produced by Muziektheater Transparant and co-produced by the 33 ¹⁄³ Collective, Asko|Schönberg, Opera Days Rotterdam, Concertgebouw Brugge, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Bergen National Opera 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 Bergen National Opera. Private View was awarded the first Fedora – Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera in 2014.
Annelies Van Parys is one of Belgium’s leading composers. She mainly focuses on music theatre, but also her symphonic and chamber music is highly appreciated. All major Belgian ensembles, lots of ensembles abroad, as well as most Belgian orchestras have performed Annelies’ work.
Her fascination for the human voice started as a conservatory student, when she sang in a renaissance choir. Her experience from the choir made her understand theatre and the human voice inside out. In 2014 she composed her first opera Private View in commission of Muziektheater Transparant. This opera was awarded with the first FEDORA – Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera 2014.
The Belgian conductor Etienne Siebens was offered guest conductorships both at home and abroad almost immediately after his studies in orchestral conducting under Lucas Vis, Hiroyuki Iwaki and Jorma Panula, which led the press to describe him as ‘the man to watch in a Belgium lacking in conductors’. From 1992 to 2008 he was the conductor and artistic director of the Prometheus Ensemble, which he founded. As a full-time conductor of the Symfonieorkest Vlaanderen, Etienne was able to make his very personal mark on the orchestra’s performances with his individual accents and bold interpretation. Over the last few seasons he has conducted Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest and the Nederlands Kamerkoor.
The Bergen based BIT20 Ensemble performs a broad repertoire of contemporary music in a great variety of arenas. The ensemble is a conveyor of the musical traditions of recent decades and an instigator of new works and new projects. Its goal is to make the concert experience open and accessible so that the general public can find its way into the complex and challenging world of modern music. BIT20 has a flexible number of members with the sinfonietta at the core. The majority of the members hold principal or assistant principal positions in the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Neue Vocalsolisten is an ensemble specialising in the interpretation of contemporary vocal music, established in 1984. The ensemble has been artistically independent since the year 2000, and premieres about twenty new works each year. Each of the seven concert and opera soloists, with a collective range reaching from coloratura soprano and countertenor to basso profondo, use their distinctive artistic creativity to shape chamber music works in co-operation with the composers and other interpreters. Central to the group’s artistic concept are the fields of music theatre and interdisciplinary work with electronics, video, visual arts and literature, as well as the juxtaposition of contrasting elements found in ancient and contemporary music.