The opera Butterfly Lovers is a cross-cultural interdisciplinary project aimed at creating a unique artistic work, a result of an Italo-Chinese cultural and creative exchange combining orchestral music, bel canto singing, dance, architecture, sculpture, design/fashion and new technologies.
The opera was inspired by the Chinese tale of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, two doomed young lovers who surrender to their inevitable fate, which prevents them from fulfilling their love. They will die, but their spirits live on to eternity in the shape of two beautiful butterflies.
“Ciò che in vita ha unito l’amore, neanche la morte potrà separare”
“What love united in life, not even death will be able to divide”
(II Act – II Scene, Shanbo and Yingtai)
A STONE SYMPHONY
“Speleothemes” by Andrea Granitzio.
A 45 min original orchestral composition in 4 movements
inspired by the natural growth processes of stalactitesand stalagmites.
The sounding stones surround the orchestra and the
audience for a 360º fully immersive sound experience.
The work is the result of a PhD in composition at the
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire
and a long artistic exchange with Sardinian sculptor Pinuccio Sciola.
It is dedicated to his memory.