A Matter of Triumph and Void

Semi-staged concert
For this project, SPECTRA and the International Opera Academy partner up once more – this time, painting a portrait of Wim Henderickx, one of Flanders’ most acclaimed composers. The starting point for the performance are two contrasting music theatre works: one, a fast-moving opera with libretto by Johan Thielemans, and two, a slow, meditative piece of musical theatre.

In Triumph of Spirit over Matter the characters journey with us through an unhinged world in which every extreme touches its opposite: artistic integrity meets cynical mercantilism, authentic genius meets horse-trading in forgery, self-sacrifice meets disdain. But at everyone’s core, purity and depravity meet, and creative and destructive urges take turns in triumphing.

For Void Henderickx’ composition 'Sunyata’ (emptiness) is the basis, an inner quest for meaning and religion, inspired by Eastern and Western mysticism. Here, the Buddhist shri yantra is the structural guideline.

Do all opposites meet?

Programme & credits


Wim Henderickx (°1962)
Een selectie uit:
Void (sunyata) (2007)
Triumph of spirit over Matter (1996-1999)


Composer: Wim Henderickx
Conductor: Filip Rathé
Concept en Regie: Darren Ross
Decor en Kostuums: Pieter Coene
Decor en Licht: Yannick Verweij
Muzikale begeleiding: Hein Boterberg
Ensemble: SPECTRA
Cast: Studenten van de International Opera Academy: Alberto Martínez, Arnaud Dos Santos, Astrid Joos, Barbara Jop, Déborah Salazar, Diana Santos, Elisa Soster, Fernando Loura, Kiup Lee, Mario Maiguel Rey, Marta Estal Vera
Beeld: Lieven Gouwy

International Opera Academy,
Muziekcentrum De Bijloke


Saturday 18 May 2019, 20:00
Ghent, Muziekcentrum De Bijloke