First Italian Opera About Transgender Neighborhood to Premiere


A brand new opera by the younger Bulgarian composer Milen Apostolov is about to premiere on the Church of San Pietro in Verona, Italy. Titled “(m)0rpheus,” the opera is the end result of a number of years of analysis by librettist Sebastiano Bazzichetto into the experiences of these within the transgender neighborhood. The work is a finalist within the Opera Issue residency competitors, which is run by the Verona Accademia per l’Opera.

The opera’s plot facilities across the delusion of Orpheus and Eurydice, from Ovid’s Metamorphoses. On the outset of the opera, two characters are distinct people, however by the top, it turns into obvious that the Eurydice character in truth represents the “previous self” that Orpheus casts off following his transition. Subsequently, in Bazzichetto’s model of the parable, Orpheus’s option to look again at his beloved isn’t a reckless error however fairly a possibility to take management of his id.

The work is scored as a cantata for baritone, mezzo-soprano, and small ensemble. In response to the Italian publication Connessi all’Opera, the piece’s musical language is considerably influenced by that of Baroque opera, presumably in a nod to Gluck’s 1762 setting of the identical delusion. Equally, librettist Sebastiano Bazzichetto has used a combination of up to date and Elizabethan English to position the work someplace between the 2 eras.

A graduate of Bulgaria’s Nationwide Music Academy Milen Apostolov, his composition premiere was with the Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra, first symphony premiere was with the State Academy Orchestra — each of which he carried out. Together with numerous different commissions by dance establishments, gaming corporations, and competitions, Apostolov was nominated for finest movie rating at Los Angeles CineFest and Luis Movie Competition.

Sebastiano Bazzichetto was born in Venice and educated in Italy in Canada, receiving his PhD from the College of Toronto. In 2020 he accomplished a Grasp’s diploma in Opera Path and has used the chance of the “(m)0rpheus” fee as a strategy to deliver a brand new remedy of queerness to the opera stage.


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