Annelies Van Parys

DIARY OF ONE WHO DISAPPEARED at ROYAL OPERA HOUSE LONDON

05.06.2019 - 08.06.2019

ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
London (UK)

Leoš Janaček wrote a song cycle in 22 scenes about a loving village boy. Annelies Van Parys writes an answer to this gripping story. Ivo Van Hove directs.

Produced by Muziektheater Transparant, co-produced by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Klarafestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, Kaaitheater, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg and Opera Days Rotterdam.

Tickets: https://www.roh.org.uk

ANNELIES VAN PARYS RECIEVES THE KLARA FOR BEST COMPOSER AND FOR MUSIC PERSONALITY OF 2018

22.03.2019

Klarafestival
Flagey, Brussels (B)

On Friday, March 22, 2019, The Klara’s - Classical Music Awards were awarded for the 9th time. 
Annelies Van Parys receives The Klara for Best Composer ánd Music Personality of 2018 from Klara manager Chantal Pattyn.

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SPECTRAL MUSIC - LECTURE-PERFORMANCE BY ANNELIES VAN PARYS & GOEYVAERTS TRIO

03.04.2019

Concertgebouw Brugge
Brugge (B)

For centuries, composers searched the sonorous world for unknown and untouched territory. 'Spectral' composers explored sound itself, examining every possible gradation of pitch and timbre: not just high and low, and long and short, but also deep, into and beyond the core... Annelies Van Parys is such a spectral composer. In this lecture-performance – together with musicologist Klaas Coulembier and the Goeyvaerts Trio– she reveals the secrets of her compositions.

Concertgebouw Brugge

USHER

14.02.2019 - 10.03.2019

Folkoperan
Stockholm (SE)

The unfinished opera USHER by Claude Debussy has now been completed by Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys. It was commissioned by Folkoperan and Staatsoper unter den Linden in Berlin, where it premiered on October 12th. The production will open at Folkoperan with a Swedish cast on February 14th, 2019.

https://www.anneliesvanparys.be/newsletters/13/
https://www.folkoperan.se/english/usher

Photo ©Mats Bäcker

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An Archive of Love

21.07.2018

Theaterhaus Stuttgart
Stuttgart (DE)

Nothing is more unique than love. But... Claudio Monteverdi was already hunting Amor in Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi, Claude Vivier was frolicking with Eros in his Love Songs, and José Sanchez-Verdu captured Thanatos – courier of the underworld – in Scriptura Antigua. In Annelies Van Parys' Ah, cette fable an angel gets entangled in an earthly love. As all these little tragedies unfold, the collective archive of love resonates more and more. Echoes attach themselves to these new stories and push them in fresh directions.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
soprano: Johanna Zimmer
soprano: Susanne Leitz-Lorey
mezzo: Truike van der Poel
tenor: Martin Nagy
baritone: Guillermo Anzorena
bass: Andreas Fischer 

composition: Annelies Van Parys, José Sanchez-Verdu, Claude Vivier, Claudio Monteverdi a.o. musical arrangements: Annelies Van Parys  concept & musical/textual dramaturgy: Gaea Schoeters stage direction: Gable Roelofsen & Romy Roelofsen (Het Geluid Maastricht) set design: Davy Van Gerven production: Musik der Jahrhunderte & Het Geluid Maastricht in cooperation with Concertgebouw Brugge

Theaterhaus Stuttgart 

USHER WORLD PREMIERE AT STAATSOPER UNTER DEN LINDEN, BERLIN

12.10.2018 - 30.10.2018

Staatsoper Unter den Linden
Berlin (DE)

Since her 2015 opera "Private View" based on an Alfred Hitchcock film, if not earlier, the Belgian Annelies Van Parys has established her reputation as one of the most innovative composers of contemporary musical theatre. Her work is distinguished by a keen interest in the facets of the human singing voice as well as an idiosyncratic approach to instrumentation. Starting with the material of the uncompleted opera – Debussy left behind several libretto drafts, a musical fragment of about 20 minutes and some sketches – in "Usher" Van Parys develops a chamber music theatre that probes the category of the uncanny in a specific musical and theatrical way.

Music Annelies Van Parys / Claude Debussy 
Text Gaea Schoeters / Claude Debussy based on "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe

Commissioned by Staatsoper Unter den Linden and Folkoperan Stockholm

Musical Director Marit Strindlund Director, set designer, light Philippe Quesne Dramaturgy Roman Reeger Roderick Usher David Oštrek L'ami Martin Gerke Le médecin to be confirmed Lady Madeline Ruth Rosenfeld  Musicians of the Staatskapelle Berlin 

12 - 30 October 2018 
Staatsoper Unter den Linden

February 2019 
Folkoperan Stockholm

A WAR REQUIEM - WORLD PREMIERE

08.11.2018 - 11.11.2018

Various Locations
Liège - Brugge - Antwerpen - Brussels (B)

One hundred years on from the Great War, the Belgian National Orchestra will perform the world premiere of A War Requiem by the Flemish composer Annelies Van Parys. The war rhetoric of the aggressor resounds in the German libretto. Together with Collegium Vocale Gent the Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser and the German baritone Thomas Bauer will give the lost generation of 1914-1918 a voice. The concert takes places as part of the national commemorative ceremonies for World War I in Belgium.

Annelies Van Parys A War Requiem (world premiere) with text by Dea Loher
Gustav Mahler Symphonie Nr. 5 in cis-moll

Belgian National Orchestra
Hugh Wolff conductor
Sophie Karthäuser soprano
Thomas Bauer bariton
& Collegium Vocale Gent

8 November 2018 - 20:00 
Salle philharmonique Liège

9 November 2018 - 20:00 
Concertgebouw Brugge

10 November 2018 - 20:00 
De Singel Antwerpen

11 November 2018 - 15:00 
BOZAR Brussels

Belgian National Orchestra

An Archive of Love

19.12.2018

Concertgebouw Brugge
Brugge (B)

Nothing is more unique than love. But... Claudio Monteverdi was already hunting Amor in Madrigali guerrieri et amorosi, Claude Vivier was frolicking with Eros in his Love Songs, and José Sanchez-Verdu captured Thanatos – courier of the underworld – in Scriptura Antigua. In Annelies Van ParysAh, cette fable an angel gets entangled in an earthly love. As all these little tragedies unfold, the collective archive of love resonates more and more. Echoes attach themselves to these new stories and push them in fresh directions.

Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart
soprano: Johanna Zimmer
soprano: Susanne Leitz-Lorey
mezzo: Truike van der Poel
tenor: Martin Nagy
baritone: Guillermo Anzorena
bass: Andreas Fischer 

composition: Annelies Van Parys, José Sanchez-Verdu, Claude Vivier, Claudio Monteverdi a.o. musical arrangements: Annelies Van Parys  concept & musical/textual dramaturgy: Gaea Schoeters stage direction: Gable Roelofsen & Romy Roelofsen (Het Geluid Maastricht) set design: Davy Van Gerven production: Musik der Jahrhunderte & Het Geluid Maastricht in cooperation with Concertgebouw Brugge

https://www.concertgebouw.be/en/neue-vocalsolisten

Accentus - World Premiere

10.11.2018 - 13.11.2018

Various Locations
Rouen - Suresnes (F)

accentus returns to the great works of the a cappella repertory under the leadership of a recognised master of choral conducting: Marcus Creed. Figure humaine, written in 1943, was based on poems by Paul Éluard. A hymn to freedom, this cantata for mixed double choir is considered one of Poulenc’s masterpieces, and a milestone in the accentus story. Another major work in the choral repertory, Frank Martin’s Mass for Double Choir delivers a message of peace in which Gregorian inspiration and the influence of Bach combine in a dizzyingly rich language. This clarity is also a characteristic of the music of Annelies Van Parys who offers, here, a brand new work.

Programme
Francis Poulenc - Figure Humaine
Annelies Van Parys - world  premiere
Franck Martin - Mass for Double Choir

10 November 2018 - 18:00 
Chapelle Corneille, Rouen (F)

13 November 2018 - 21:00 
Théatre Jean Vilar, Suresnes (F)

accentus

Annelies Van Parys: Season 2018 - 2019: What to look out for

21.07.2018

Newsletter
On Tour

Annelies Van Parys
Season 2018 - 2019: What to look out for

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SONGS OF LOVE AND WAR / AN ARCHIVE OF LOVE

20.05.2018 - 21.05.2018

Operadagen Rotterdam
Noletloodsen Theater, Rotterdam (NL)

More than any generation before us, we are preoccupied with love. Is not it after all the most individual of all emotions? And are not our love stories, like we ourselves, utterly unique?

Imagine we are wrong. And love is not that personal at all, but the most common and universal of all emotions. The characters and the scenery change, but the narrative of love is as old as mankind itself. The Great and Ruinous lovers of old tales have shaped our subconscious image of Romantic Love. Their stories form a huge Archive, a Collective Consciousness of human love, containing all love songs ever written. Claudio Monteverdi hunted Amor down in his  Madrigali Guerrieri and Amorosi , Claude Vivier tried to grasp the essence of Eros in his  Love Songs , whereas José Sanchez-Verdu focusses on Thanatos in his Scriptura Antigua .

In Annelies Van Parys' song cycle Ah, cette Fable an angel is trapped by his mortal lover: if it stays on earth, it will die, if it takes wing, its lover will not survive. As this little tragedy unfolds, the Archive starts to resonate with it. Words, sounds, and feelings, trigger associations and memories of previous passions, both sacred and profane. Echoes and fragments of other, older love songs, interrupt it and complement it, thus pushing the story into new directions.

Operadagen Rotterdam

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USHER SHORTLISTED FOR FEDORA - PRIZE FOR OPERA 2018

25.01.2018

Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) and Folkoperan (Stockholm)
Berlin & Stockholm

Extremely proud to officially announce that Annelies Van Parys has the great honour to write a chamber opera for Staatsoper Unter den Linden (Berlin) and Folkoperan (Stockholm): USHER. 

The opera will be departing from the unfinished opera "La chute de la maison Usher" of Debussy. Gaea Schoeters did a wonderful job on the libretto, the stage direction is in the hands of Philippe Quesne and... there is more good news!
We are on the shortlist for the Fedora Prize! 
There also is a public award. 
You can vote HERE 

Het Kanaal

26.01.2018 - 07.02.2018

Ostade A'dam & NTGent
Amsterdam - Gent

26 & 27 January 2018 
Ostade A'dam (NL)

6 & 7 February 2018 
NTGent (BE)

On a beach near Calais a young refugee prepares himself to swim across the Channel, towards his new future. On the English side, on the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head, a (transsexual) woman bids life goodbye; in a few instants she will jump to her death. 
The new text by author Gaea Schoeters is mirrored by recently recovered Shakespeare-text. 

Composer Annelies Van Parys uses the Shakespeare-text as a libretto for a cycle of songs, which set the refugee theme in a historical perspective. The soprano is also the intermediary between past and present, audience and play; via other spoken Shakespeare fragments she sets the story in a different perspective, turning the personal stories into a sharp reflection of society, both in the 16th century and today – because the similarities are, alas, striking. 

Text Gaea Schoeters Composition Annelies Van Parys Direction Gable Roelofsen & Romy Roelofsen / Het Geluid Maastricht 
Actors Katelijne Verbeke & Adams Mensah 
Vocalist Naomi Beeldens Lute/guitar Maarten Vandenbemden Scenography Anneleen De Causmaecker Co-produced by Perignem vzw

Muziektheater Transparant
Het Geluid Maastricht
Antwerp Queer Arts Festival

Annelies Van Parys: News & Agenda 2018

04.01.2018 - 27.04.2018

Newsletter
On Tour

News & Agenda 2018 - Annelies Van Parys

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Het Kanaal

01.10.2017

Theater aan het Vrijthof
Maastricht (NL)

On a beach near Calais a young refugee prepares himself to swim across the Channel, towards his new future. 
The new text by author Gaea Schoeters is mirrored by recently recovered Shakespeare-text. Composer Annelies Van Parys uses the Shakespeare-text as a libretto for a cycle of songs, which set the refugee theme in a historical perspective. 
Scenography by Anneleen De Causmaecker.

- the show is performed in Dutch but subtitled in English - 

Tickets: Theater aan het Vrijthof

Muziektheater Transparant
Queer Arts Festival
Het Geluid Maastricht
Operadagen Rotterdam
Perignem

Het Kanaal - Première

13.05.2017 - 13.05.2017

Operadagen Rotterdam
Rotterdam (NL)

On a beach near Calais a young refugee prepares himself to swim across the Channel, towards his new future. 
The new text by author Gaea Schoeters is mirrored by recently recovered Shakespeare-text. Composer Annelies Van Parys uses the Shakespeare-text as a libretto for a cycle of songs, which set the refugee theme in a historical perspective. 
Scenography by Anneleen De Causmaecker.

Tickets: Operadagen Rotterdam

Muziektheater Transparant
Queer Arts Festival
Het Geluid Maastricht
Operadagen Rotterdam
Perignem

Het Kanaal / Crossing Borders

17.02.2017 - 19.02.2017

Rataplan
Antwerpen (B)

On a beach near Calais a young refugee prepares himself to swim across the Channel, towards his new future. 
The new text by author Gaea Schoeters is mirrored by recently recovered Shakespeare-text. Composer Annelies Van Parys uses the Shakespeare-text as a libretto for a cycle of songs, which set the refugee theme in a historical perspective. 
Scenography by Anneleen De Causmaecker.

Avant-première:
Opera XXI, Antwerpen (B): 24 April 2017

Première:
Opera Days Rotterdam (NL): 11 - 13 May 2017

Muziektheater Transparant
Queer Arts Festival
Het Geluid Maastricht
Opera Days Rotterdam

Première 'Perspectives' - Quatuors de Quatuors

17.11.2016

Ars Musica Festival
Eglise Protestante, Place du Musée 2, Brussels (B)

'Perspectives', a creation for four string-quartets by Annelies Van Parys. Commissioned by Ars Musica. With Quatuor Zerkalo, Quatuor MP4, Quatuor Donnacorda, Quatuor Amon.

Ars Musica Festival

Première 'Come fiume incessante' by Quatuor Diotima

29.10.2016

Festival 20/21
STUK, Leuven (B)

In a short time, the Diotima Quartet has distinguished itself as one of the most outstanding interpreters of the contemporary string-quartet repertoire. They’ll play the very first string quartet 'Come fiume incessante' by Annelies Van Parys. 

Programme: Enno Poppe, Alberto Posadas, Annelies Van Parys 

Festival 20/21

Wesendonck Lieder Heute - Het Geluid Maastricht

21.05.2016 - 22.05.2016

Operadagen Rotterdam - Operawandeling
Garage Rotterdam (NL)

Het Geluid Maastricht gives for the avant- premiere of Wesendonck Lieder Heute,  in collaboration with composer Annelies Van Parys, a contemporary vision of the songs by Wagner.

Operadagen Rotterdam

FIELD RECORDINGS - INTERACTIVE SOUND-INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE

21.05.2016 - 22.05.2016

Operadagen Rotterdam - Operawandeling
Garage Rotterdam (NL)

The upheaval after the Great War in an interactive performance. Sound rises from the earth: rustling, murmuring… echoes of battle, but also voices and snatches of music. As visitors move through this installation, the sounds retreat. Wherever humans go, the music hushes to a murmur. This interactive sound installation, created by Anneleen de CausmaeckerAnnelies Van Parys and Peter Verhelst, is brought to life by the live performance of Els Mondelaers. 

Operadagen Rotterdam

And Thou Must Suffer

10.03.2016 - 12.03.2016

Klarafestival
Kaaitheater, Brussels (B)

New Composition by Annelies Van Parys commissioned by Muziektheater Transparant for Klarafestival. A prologue and epilogue to Bach's St. John Passion.

Image: Wim Delvoye

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Via Crucis - Cello Quartet

22.03.2016 - 22.03.2016

Klarafestival
BOZAR, Brussels (B)

Klarafestival asked Annelies Van Parys to create a new contribution for cello quartet using the hymn Vexilla Regis from Via Crucis as a starting point. 

Parcours

25.03.2016 - 25.03.2016

De Bijloke
Gent (B)

ChampdAction presents PARCOURS in Dialogues at De Bijloke. PARCOURS (2009) was the first co-operation between composer Annelies Van Parys and visual artist Anneleen De Causmaecker. The virtuoso performer is Jan Van Hoecke (Recorder).

HENRI DUPARC / A. VAN PARYS (ARR.) by OXALYS & CHRISTIANNE STOTIJN

22.02.2016

Konzerthaus
Berlin (D)

Henri Duparc's songs - 'Invitation au voyage', 'Phidylé' & 'Le manoir de Rosemonde' - arranged by Annelies Van Parys and performed by Oxalys Ensemble & Christianne Stotijn, mezzo-soprano.

Konzerthaus Berlin

DEUSS MUSIC IS THE NEW PUBLISHER OF ANNELIES VAN PARYS

27.01.2016

Deuss Music
Den Haag (NL)

Deuss Music just announced a new publishing agreement with Flemish composer Annelies Van Parys, effective immediately. 

Deuss Music

INTERLUDES (WORLD PREMIERE)

30.05.2015

Kamermuziekzaal, Concertgebouw Brugge
't Zand 34, 8000 Brugge (B)

Flow, my tears, say the lyrics. And flow they did! In its day, Dowland’s lute song - based on his own Lachrimae pavan - was so popular that it was more or less England’s melancholic anthem. Contemporaries and even the composer himself continuously reinterpreted its melody and characteristic bass line. Annelies Van Parys has used this framework for a new creation, which will be seen and heard in Bruges for the first time.

Hathor Consort
John Dowland - Lachrimae or Seven Tears
Annelies Van Parys - Interludes (world premiere)
Femke Gyselinck - Dance & choreography

Photo: Femke Gyselinck © De Bijloke

Concertgebouw Brugge

New Website

27.05.2015

Tallieu Art Office
Tallieu & Tallieu NV

This new website for the Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys was developed in collaboration with Tallieu & Tallieu

Annelies Van Parys (°1975) studied composition at the University College Ghent, dept. Royal Conservatory with Luc Brewaeys. Her works were granted many awards. In 2011 she received the prestigious Laureateship from the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium. Since 2014 she is also a member of this Royal Academy for Arts and Sciences.

Annelies Van Parys is represented by Tallieu Art Office.

Opera - Private View

26.04.2016 - 29.04.2016

Premièred at Opera XXI
On tour in Europe

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

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. 
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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FIELD RECORDINGS - INTERACTIVE SOUND-INSTALLATION & PERFORMANCE

02.05.2015

Concertgebouw Brugge
't Zand 34, 8000 Brugge (B)

The upheaval after the Great War in an interactive performance. Sound rises from the earth: rustling, murmuring… echoes of battle, but also voices and snatches of music. As visitors move through this installation, the sounds retreat. Wherever humans go, the music hushes to a murmur. This interactive sound installation, created by Anneleen de Causmaecker, Annelies Van Parys and Peter Verhelst, is brought to life by the live performance of Els Mondelaers and Isabelle Balsa. Cellist Arne Deforce plays the prelude.

Concertgebouw Brugge