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Music Text

Music, libretto (E), video, directed by Michel van der Aa

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This work is available from Boosey & Hawkes for the world.


World Premiere
Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam
Michel van der Aa, director
Company: Barbara Hannigan, soprano


Five old women each tell about a fundamental and identical incident in their life. The protagonist of the piece turns out to have played a key role in each of these incidents. Gradually we discover what her relationship to the old women is, and a penetrating portrait arises of a woman who has completely lost herself.
Michel van der Aa

Repertoire Note

In One Van der Aa combines singing, video and electronic sounds. The theatrical performance of the protagonist is supported and complemented by video images. The video projections and the live sections form a perfect fit with each other.

Press Quotes

"Michel van der Aa fascinates in One... important is the sheer quality of the notes themselves, possessing a highly concentrated, sublime sharpness and a taut beauty, both mechanical and human." (Ernst Vermeulen, NRC Handelsblad, 13 Jan 2003)

"Mastery of the disorientation. With its absence of personalised psychology the piece spreads its aura over generations, since it reflects its secrets with the clarity of a mirror." (Sybill Mahlke, Der Tagespiegel, 12 Oct 2003)

"One is masterly... a wonderfully poetic piece. As enchanting as a dream." (Erik Voermans, Het Parool, 13 Jan 2003)

"Intense opera... The piece is innovative in its individual design. Imagery, sound and movement add up to more than the sum of its parts." (Roeland Hazendonk, De Telegraaf, 14 Jan 2003)



Recommended Recording

Barbara Hannigan, soprano / Michel van der Aa, stage & video director
Disquiet Media DVD DMQ03


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