Italian composer Adriano Guarnieri was born in Sustinente (Mantua, Lombardy) on 10 September 1947. He studied with Giacomo Manzoni and Tito Gotti at the Conservatory in Bologna. At the start of his career he founded and conducted the Nuovo Ensemble Bruno Maderna in Florence.
Guarnieri's early music is graphical and structuralist, later becoming less formal. Rather than being concerned with drama and plots, his operas develop a dramaturgy internal to the music and to the space created. Trionfo della notte (1985), a 'lyrical action' on text by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-75), which reveals a broadening of the melodic component of his music, won the Premio Abbiati as the year's best composition. The later Romanza alla notte No 2 (1991) for violin and orchestra, is further proof of the deep relationship between Guarnieri and the poetry of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Guarnieri's opera-video Medea (2000) received its first performance in Venice in 2002, and was awarded the Premio Abbiati novelty prize in 2003.
His 2018 opera Infinita Tenebra di Luce (The Endless Darkness of Light) continues his passion with dark and nocturnal subjects, setting fragments of poetry by Rainer Maria Rilke.
A selection of M&V articles about Adriano Guarnieri
Ensemble. The Endless Darkness of Light - Adriano Guarnieri's new opera at the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, experienced by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. An Imperial Festival - Giuseppe Pennisi visits Ravenna to hear Pierre Boulez, Adriano Guarnieri and Nicola Piovani
Ensemble. Darkness to Light - Giuseppe Pennisi visits the Ravenna Festival