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MASTERCLASS Annelies Van Parys

29 November 2020

Van Parys will provide insight in the score of Private View and the compositional process as well as in the concept of the piece, as she is convinced a good understanding of the score is very important for a good interpretation. The idea behind the different characters of the opera and their different treatment in words as well as music can be helpful to feel the music better. We will also focus on the different vocal techniques that are required in Private View and their theatrical implications and eventually how theatricality can support the vocal performance giving the singers opportunities to test out different ideas in order to find out which character fits them best. For the ensemble fragments, the intention is to find a good and homogenic sound-quality.



Annelies Van Parys (°1975) is one of Belgium’s leading contemporary composers. She composes solo pieces and chamber music, as well as big orchestral compositions. Her great love is musical theatre. As composer-in-residence at Muziektheater Transparant since 2007, she has written a number of compositions for musical theatre. Note, for example, the remarkable productions of RUHEAn Oresteïa and Private View – Van Parys’ first opera, which was rewarded four times, a.o. with the Fedora-Rolf Liebermann Prize. In cooperation with Gaea Schoeters (who also wrote the scenario for Private View), she composed the opera USHER, at the request of the Staatsoper Berlin and Folkoperan Stockholm. The production was shown there in 2018 and 2019, and even returned to Berlin in 2020. Van Parys was also lauded for the big composition A War Requiem for the National Orchestra of Belgium and Collegium Vocale Ghent, with soloists Sophie Karthauser and Thomas Bauer. Her most recent orchestral work was created at the request of the Royal Concert Hall Orchestra of Amsterdam, and premiers in January 2021 (conductor: Matthias Pintscher).

Practical Info

Date: 29 November 2020

Time: 10:00-13:00 & 14:15-17:15

Location: IOA (Bijlokekaai 6, 9000 Ghent – building nr 4) at our Podiumroom

Tickets: free entrance, but we kindly ask you to subscribe via the link below.

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