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Four major scores by Michel van der Aa exploring the theme of 'Identity' receive Swiss premieres at the Lucerne Festival this summer, as part of his composer residency.

Michel van der Aa is composer-in-residence at this summer’s Lucerne Festival between 13 August and 7 September, including the Swiss premieres of four major scores all exploring the festival theme of ‘Identity’. The most recent work is the chamber opera for soprano and 3D film, Blank Out, probing a tragic mother-son relationship based on the life and texts of South African writer Ingrid Jonker. Already seen in Amsterdam, Rome, Beijing, Helsinki and Hannover, the opera features Miah Persson on stage and Roderick Williams on film with the Netherlands Chamber Choir on the soundtrack.

The Book of Disquet for actor, ensemble, and film is based on the legendary book by Portuguese writer Fernando Pessoa, in which he split himself into a collection of heteronyms each with their own biographies. The cellist in van der Aa’s Grawemeyer Award-winning concerto Up Close also has an alter ego appearing on film, trying urgently to connect with her past, while the clarinet concerto Hysteresis sees the soloist interacting with a digital double to examine how material can exhibit memory. Finally, a programme by students of the Lucerne University of Music introduces MaskAnd how are we today? and Transit to Swiss audiences. 

2017/18 highlights for van der Aa include the US premieres of Blank Out at the Park Avenue Armory in New York in September and Sunken Garden at the Dallas Opera in March 2018.

13 August 2017, 11.00 am
The Book of Disquiet (Swiss premiere)
Michel van der Aa, director / Walter Sigi Arnold, actor / Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble / Duncan Ward
Theater, Lucerne

13 August 2017, 4.00 pm
Blank Out (Swiss premiere)
Michel van der Aa, director / Miah Persson, Roderick Williams / Netherlands Chamber Choir
KKL, Lucerne

17 August 2017, 6.20 pm
Up-close (Swiss premiere)
Jay Campbell, vlc / Lucerne Festival Alumni Ensemble
KKL, Lucerne

26 August 2017, 10.00 pm
Hysteresis (Swiss premiere)
Martin Adámek, cl / Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble / Matthias Pintscher
KKL, Lucerne

7 September 2017, 6.20 pm
Transit (Swiss premiere)
And how are we today? (Swiss premiere)
Mask (Swiss premiere)
Daniela Argentino, sop / Students of the Lucerne University of Music / Gregor A. Mayrhofer
KKL, Lucerne

> Lucerne Festival website 

>  Further information on Work: Blank Out

Photo: Marco Borggreve

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