The Grand Inquisitor
GIUSEPPE PENNISI was
at the first performance of
Alessandro Solbiati's 'La Leggenda'
in Turin, and raises the issue of the
replicability of modern grand opera
Alessandro Solbiati is a fifty-five-year-old Italian composer; he holds the chair of composition at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan and his works have been recorded by major labels. He is well known in Italy and abroad mostly for his chamber music. His style is rather eclectic; it follows, by and large, the twelve note row system and seems influenced more by Darmstadt than by IRCAM (two of the main schools in continental Europe) but he attempts new post-twentieth-century compositions with echoes even of ancient music intertwined with electroacoustics and live electronics.
For several years he kept away from musical theatre, and in a 2009 interview said that he considered opera almost as one of the elements causing the decay of music...
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