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 50’s by writing music for westerns. This experience naturally led to the realisation of a genuine opera (performed in Amsterdam in 1994). This text served as the libretto to the opera, with music by the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen.