Video: One-Minute Opera on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370

Sunday, March 23, 2014 - 09:00 PM

From Michel van der Aa's 'Vlucht MH370' about the Malaysia Airlines flight From Michel van der Aa's 'Vlucht MH370' about the Malaysia Airlines flight

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):


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Comments [3]

Trish from Honolulu

A stunning work! Bravo.

Jun. 28 2014 12:35 PM
MH370 from Indian Ocean

This is a monumental EPIC FAIL !!!!!!!!!!

Mar. 23 2014 11:27 PM
Bernie from UWS

Wow. Chilling!

Mar. 23 2014 10:27 PM

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