In the wake of 7 minuti, Giorgio Battistelli’s opera that premiered in Nancy, France, at the Opéra National de Lorraine on February 1, 2019, this is one composer that has been plunging headlong into the future, even during lockdown. .
Battistelli is currently working on three new operas, each commissioned by a different theater. World premieres of the works have already been scheduled. Leading up to those, Le baruffe, with libretto by Damiano Michieletto, based on an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s play Le baruffe chiozzotte (Brawling in Chioggia), premiered in the spring of 2020. Julius Caesar, with book by Ian Burton, based on Shakespeare’s tragedy, is slated to premiere in December 2021. Then comes Teorema after Pier Paolo Pasolini, which makes its world premiere in January 2022.
Giorgio Battistelli has also been active in his role as “enlightened” organizer of musical events, following through with his many years of experience in that area. This year he took charge of the Puccini Festival (held in Torre del Lago, Italy) as artistic director, and beginning in September 2021, Battistelli will be taking over as artistic director for the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento.
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