"Music is the cup that holds the wine of silence. Sound is that cup, but empty. Noise is that cup, but broken.”

Robert Fripp

"Le rôle de l'artiste créateur est de créer des lois, non pas de suivre celles qui sont déjà faites"
Ferruccio Busoni

"Go, go, go! ... Go! go! ..."
John Lee Hooker



"One" is a chamber opera for soprano and soundtrack proposed by the dutch composer Michel van der Aa. This piece, premiered in january 2003 with Barbara Hannigan, received the Matthijs Vermeulen Award.
The amazing theatrical performance of the protagonist is supported and complemented by video images. 

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.

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