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The Christmas Truce
Tue 6 December 2016, 19:00 – 21:00 GMT
Italian composer Dimitri Scarlato presents, in a lecture recital, his chamber opera The Christmas Truce, commissioned by Nuova Consonanza and premiered in Rome at the Teatro Palladium in November 2015. Inspired by true events that happened during WW1, the opera was to commissioned to mark the 100th anniversary of Italy's entrance in the war, but it also refers to the 10th anniversary of the London bombings.
The composer will discuss the content of the opera and the aesthetic choices he made with the support of a small ensemble, with whom he will play some extracts from the above mentioned work. At the end of the presentation the original video recording of the premiere will be screened, followed by Q&A with the audience.
Soprano: Philippa Boyle
Tenor: William Morgan
Violin: Rebecca Raimondi
Cello: Agnieszka Teodorowska
Piano: Dimitri Scarlato
Artistic Director: Stefania Passamonte
Lecture/Recital: 20 minutes
Screening: 25 minutes
Q&A: 10 minutes
Dimitri Scarlato is a Composer and Conductor born and bred in Rome where he studied Composition, Piano and Conducting at the Conservatorio di Musica S.Cecilia. In 2004 he moved to London to attend an MMus in Composition at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and in 2014 he completed a DMus in Composition at the Royal College of Music, which in 2010 selected him as a RCM Rising Star. His music has been performed in several venues across Europe and Accademia Filarmonica Romana (Italian institution which regularly worked with Stravinsky) premiered his opera Fadwa in May 2013 at Teatro Olimpico, Rome.
In 2011 Dimitri has been selected at VOX3 - Composing for Voice at the Royal Opera House of London, and at the Berlinale Talent Campus 2011 as a film composer. In this 2014 he has been the music/conducting coach for sir Michael Caine on the new Sorrentino’s film Youth (premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and released in the UK 2016). In 2015 he won the 3rd Composition Competition at the International Spring Orchestra Festival, with his piece Caduceo, written for two pianos. In the same year he conducted the premieres of his two new works at the Barbican Hall, during the inaugural concert of MiSST (trust which supports music education in schools, funded by sir Andrew Llyod Webber). Last November Nuova Consonanza (leading association which promotes contemporary music in Rome) premiered his last opera The Christmas Truce at Teatro Palladium in Rome. His wide curiosity draws him to work also as composer/sound designer for films, documentaries and theatre, leading him to collaborate with upcoming British, Italian and Tunisian directors on several projects. Dimitri is dedicated to music education too, working as Composer in Residence for MiSST andlecturing History of Film Music at the RCM. He is currently completing the soundtrack for the Tunisian film Thala my love (which will be released in January 2017), and writing a new piece commissioned for the festival Ex Novo Musica 2016, which will be premiered on the 24th of November at Teatro la Fenice in Venice.