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Video: One-Minute Opera on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370
Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 09:00 PM
The composer Michel van der Aa has created a one-minute opera for a Dutch television show about the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370.
The Dutch composer, with librettist Beatrice de Graaf, depicts an imagined communication between a Malaysian air traffic controller (soprano Nora Fischer) and the airplane's pilot (baritone Martijn Sanders) The controller asks the pilot why he's turning westward and appearing to descend, before asking, "Are you there?" The pilot responds, "Alright, goodnight."
Many of van der Aa's works require musicians to interact meaningfully with characters present solely on film. In this case, the pilot's part was recorded inside a flight simulator. Watch the full opera below (in Dutch, with no English subtitles):