The Diary of One Who Disappeared can best be described as an intimate self-portrait. In this melancholy tale of the village boy Janik, who leaves everything behind to follow a gypsy girl, Leoš Janáček (1854-1928) saw his feelings for his muse Kamila Stösslová mirrored. Will Janik’s longing for passion free him from a stifling environment? Or will he throw away his whole existence for an illusion? Written in the period in which his relationship with the much younger Kamila was creating a furore, Janáček’s poetry becomes a mix of cruelty and tenderness. Hence, his passion for his new love, and the poetry of the folk language, piano and voice, inspired him to create a song cycle in 22 scenes. Therefore, the unique nature of the score lies in its minimalistic nature: there is no dramatic treatment, mise-en-scène or orchestra.
Ivo van Hove directs the leading singers Ed Lyon and Marie Hamard. Taking her fascination with the voice as her starting point, Annelies Van Parys is composing a new piece as an answer to this gripping tale about detachment.
The Diary of one who disappeared, Leoš Janáček
Tagebuch, Annelies Van Parys
Directed by Ivo Van Hove / Dramaturge Krystian Lada
Set design : Jan Versweyveld / Costume design : An D’Huys
Ténor : Ed Lyon / Actor : Hugo Koolschijn / Piano : Lada Valesova
Produced by Muziektheater Transparant,
Co-produced by Toneelgroep Amsterdam, Klarafestival, De Munt/La Monnaie, Kaaitheater,
Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Opera Days Rotterdam and Beijing Music Festival.
Crédits photos – © Jan Versweyveld
16th march 2018
Scènes du Golfe
13rd march 2018
Théâtre de Cornouaille
8th to 11th february 2018
Opéra de Lyon
4th, 5th january 2018
Grand Théâtre du Luxembourg
21th may 2017
Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ
13th may 2017
11th, 12th march 2017