Imagined as a “novel-opera”, Rosa introduces the reader into a new relationship with the narrative through the visual and auditive qualities of language, creating a kind of mental opera: an opera directed by Peter Greenaway but in which the reader must make his own music. This tale is the first of a series devoted to the violent murders of ten composers during the twentieth century. The first investigation surrounds the death of J-M. de Rosa, a Brazilian who became successful in the 1950’s by writing music for Western films. This experience naturally led to the realization of a genuine opera (performed in Amsterdam in 1994).
Peter Greenaway (born, 1942 in Newport, Wales, lives and works in Amsterdam) trained as a painter for four years, and started making his own films in 1966. He has continued to make cinema in a great variety of ways, which has also informed his curatorial work and the making of exhibitions and installations in Europe from the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice and the Joan Miro Gallery in Barcelona to the Boijmans van Beuningen Gallery in Rotterdam and the Louvre in Paris. He has made 12 feature films and some 50 short-films and documentaries, been regularly nominated for the Film Festival Competitions of Cannes, Venice and Berlin, published books, written opera librettos, and collaborated with composers Michael Nyman, Glen Branca, Wim Mertens, Jean-Baptiste Barriere, Philip Glass, Louis Andriessen, Borut Krzisnik and David Lang. His first narrative feature film, The Draughtsman’s Contract, completed in 1982, received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as an original film maker, a reputation consolidated by the films, The Cook, the Thief, his Wife & her Lover, The Pillow Book, and The Tulse Luper Suitcases.

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978 2 906 571 30 3




6.5 x 8.5 in.




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