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Silent City | European Capital of Culture Matera 2019


Silent City is a story that starts with people, whose unique voices are those of children and senior citizens – silent generations which lend their voices to the opera, together with composers, musicians, writers, singers, actors, drama tutors and international artists.

The Italian Institute of Culture is delighted to support this artistic collaboration which combines the strengths of two highly regarded electronic studios and courses of study in Scotland and in Italy, to create a unique piece of electroacoustic/theatre work for performance as part of the official program of the European City of Culture programme in Matera, Basilicata 2019. The Matera studio has specialisations in sound environment archiving as well as electroacoustic composition; the Edinburgh studio specialises in composition and sound design in a multimedia context, including theatre.

This collaboration will produce outstanding work that will enjoy a high public profile in Italy and beyond.

The partners in this process are:

Professor Peter Nelson, composer and Chair of Music and Technology, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Emeritus Professor of Music, University of Edinburgh Nigel Osborne,MBE, Professor Dinko Fabris of History of Music and artistic director of UniversaMusica, University of Basilicata, University of Basilicata and professor Saverio Viziello, director of Istituzione di Alta Cultura, Conservatorio Statale di Musica ‘E. Duni’ di Matera and Professor Fabrizio Festa in collaboration withla Scuola di Musica Elettronica e Applica del Conservatorio di Musica di Matera E. R. Duni/MaterElettrica.

Silent City is a project belonging to the official program of Matera European Capital of Culture 2019 co-produced by Compagnia Teatrale L’Albero and Opera Circus (UK) | Universa Musica Università degli Studi della Basilicata |Orchestra Senzaspine (BO) | Materahub (MT) | Il Setticlavio (MT).


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  • Organizzato da: Compagnia Teatrale l’Albero, Orchestra Senzaspine and Opera Circus
  • In collaborazione con: Italian Institute of Culture