dagboek van een verdwenene
The form of the work is unique: a series of 22 songs for tenor and piano, with an addition of three songs in the middle for a small choir
of women and a mezzosoprano representing the gypsy girl Zefka. Ivo van Hove directs top singers Ed Lyon, Peter Gijsbertsen and Marie Hamard, and ITA actors Hugo Koolschijn and Gijs Scholten van Aschat. Fascinated by voices, Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys writes a coda to this touching love story. The diary of the one who disappeared is a coproduction with Muziektheater Transparant from Antwerp. We previously collaborated with them for Kings of war.
The duration is 75 minutes, no intermission
About the play
It is 1917 when Czech composer Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) meets Kamila
Stösslová, who is almost forty years younger than him, in a health
resort. She is married and has two children. This does not prevent
Janáček from falling deeply in love with her. The relationship remains
platonic, but he will remain obsessed with her until his death, with
more than 700 ardent letters to prove it. Kamila inspires him to write
some of his most important operas, such as Katya Kabanová and The Makropulos Affair.
A year earlier, Janáček read an anonymous series of poems in a newspaper about Janik, a village boy who falls madly in love with a gypsy girl and leaves everything behind to follow her. The composer sees his feelings for Kamila reflected in the poems. Based on the poems, he writes a series of songs that can be best described as an intimate self-portrait. Will Janik’s desire for passion free him from his suffocating surroundings? Or is he wasting his entire existence on an illusion?
The form of the work is unique: a series of 22 songs for tenor and piano, with an addition of three songs in the middle for a small choir of women and a mezzosoprano representing the gypsy girl Zefka. Ivo van Hove directs top singers Ed Lyon, Peter Gijsbertsen and Marie Hamard, and ITA actors Hugo Koolschijn and Gijs Scholten van Aschat. Fascinated by voices, Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys writes an answer to this touching love story.
Ivo van Hove has been director of Internationaal Theater Amsterdam since 2001.
In season 20|21, he will be directing Age of Rage and his productions A little life, Freud, Who Killed My Father, The hidden force, The things that pass, Dagboek van een Verdwenene will be reprised.
Ivo van Hove about The diary of the one who disappeared
‘The diary of the one who disappeared is less well-known
than the large operas by Janáček, but is definitely not inferior. The
power of this short work lies in a twofold vitality. Firstly, there is
the series of short, ruggedly poetic poems, with a lowbrow and confident
tone. Then there is the passionate infatuation of Janáček with the very
young Kamila Stösslová, which causes the work to be permeated with a
desperate and scorching desire for the impossible, for a new beginning.’
director Ivo van Hove
vocalist Ed Lyon, Marie Hamard
dramaturge Krystian Lada
scenographer, light design Jan Versweyveld
composer Annelies Van Parys, Leoš Janáček
musician Kooracademie De Munt, Lada Valešová
costumes An D'Huys
assistant scenographer Ramón Huijbrechts
coproducer Beijing Music Festival, De Munt/La Monnaie, Kaaitheater, Klarafestival, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Operadagen Rotterdam
producer Muziektheater Transparant
publicity Joris van den Ring-Bax