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New York:  Aa’s Blank Out at the Armory

September 21, 2017

Dutch composer Michel van der Aa likes to experiment with genre-crossing music theater works. His perspective-bending chamber opera Blank Out, composed for the Dutch National Opera’s Opera Forward Festival, where it premiered, is playing at New York’s Park Avenue Armory through Sept. 27, 2017.  In the opera, a woman (soprano Miah Persson) has recorded memories of her 7-year-old son, who has drowned, and builds a model of the home where they lived. 3D images from her recordings appear on a screen. But eventually a man (baritone Roderick Williams) show up, claiming that he is the son. A soundtrack augments the live performances.  — James Paulk


September 21, 2017
Classical Voice North America