Belgian composer Annelies Van Parys makes her Royal Opera debut in the 2018/19 Season composing additional music, including a prologue, for The Diary of One Who Disappeared.
Van Parys was born in Bruges and studied at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. She particularly enjoys composing for voice. Vocal works include Poïèma (solo, 2006) Ruhe (choir, 2007), Lieder to texts by Mathilde Wesendonck (2016), Ah cette fable (voice and saxophone, 2017), Shell Shock (choir, 2018) and A War Requiem on texts by Dea Loher (two soloists, choir and orchestra, 2018). She also has written opera and music theatre works including An Oresteïa (2010), Private View (2014-15) and USHER, inspired by Debussy's incomplete opera La Chute de la mason Usher (2018). Her other works include the symphonies Carillon (2006) and Les Ponts (2008) and the orchestra pieces Einklang (2004) and Konzertstück (2014) and chamber music works including Drifting Sand for string trio (2011), Via Crucis for cello quartet (2016), Come fiume incessante for string quartet (2016) and Chacun(e) sa Chaconne for cello & piano (2017). She has received commissions from ensembles including the Belgian National Orchestra, Collegium Vocale Ghent, ensemble Recherche, Muziektheater Transparant, Wiener Kammeroper, Stockholm Folkoperan and Berlin State Opera and from venues including Eclat and Klara Festival.
Van Parys has won many awards for her work, including the Flandres-Québec, Jeunesses Musicales, Tactus and Frère Darche awards. She won the Rolf Liebermann Prize for Opera for Private View. Van Parys teaches orchestration, analysis and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and is an Honorary Ambassador of the Royal Conservatory of Ghent. She is a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium.