Annelies Van Parys

Fotograf: Trui Hanoulle


Name: Annelies Van Parys

Place of birth: Brugge, Belgium

Where I live now: Gent, Belgium

Education: University College Ghent, dept. Royal Conservatory from 1993 til 1999, Master degree Piano and Composition.

Five works I’m extra proud of: Poïèma for voice solo (2006) for Els Mondelaers, (singer in Satyagraha) premièred in Rome (Italy). Private View, opera for 5 voices and ensemble (2015) for Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Asko/Schoenberg Ensemble, premiered in Antwerp (Belgium). Chacun(e) sa chaconne for cello solo (2016) for the semi-finals of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, premiered in Brussels (Belgium). A War Requiem, for 2 soloists, choir and large orchestra (2018) for the Belgian National Orchestra and Collegium Vocale Gent, premiered in Liège (Belgium). USHER, opera for 4 voices and ensemble (2017) for Staatsoper Berlin and Folkoperan Stockholm, premièred in Berlin (Germany).

My worst nightmare: Professionally, it is the fear to be too late for a bowing after a piece, it happened to me last year in Vienna because I couldn’t find the way to the stage...

My favorite scene from a horror movie: I still didn’t dare to watch any, already the ape in David Lynches Mulholland Drive scared the hell out of me so I couldn’t watch the rest of the movie.

My relation to Debussy: A lifelong story but it became true love when I arranged his Pelléas in 2011 for chamber ensemble. The premiere was given under the baton of Marit Strindlund by the way!

A newly written opera that I love or hate: Toshio Hosokawa’s Matsukase in the staging of Sascha Waltz, I went to see it 3 times.

Why I work with opera: I love voices and the “larger than life” feeling on stage where anything that wouldn’t be possible in real life easily is accepted.

The biggest challenge of my profession: always do better and never repeat yourself.

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