Claudio Ambrosini’s new opera, Il killer di parole (The killer of words), a “playdrama” in two acts on a subject by Daniel Pennac and Claudio Ambrosini, will go on stage at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice on 10th December (additional performances on 12th, 14th, 16th and 18th December).
The inspiration for Il killer di parole came from a conversation that the composer had a few years ago with the writer Daniel Pennac (an old friend of his): out of this developed the idea of writing an opera around a character who is charged with the task of removing from the official dictionary all the words in disuse so as to leave space for “neologisms”, thereby continuing to maintain in the dictionary the same overall number of words.
Commissioned by the Fondazione La Fenice and the Opéra national de Lorraine, Il killer di parole, on a libretto by the composer himself, has been produced jointly by the two theatres. The stage direction is by Francesco Micheli, the scenery by Nicolas Bovey and the costumes by Carlos Tieppo. The Orchestra and Choir of the Teatro La Fenice will be conducted by Andrea Molino (with Claudio Marino Moretti as choirmaster). The premiere will be broadcast live on RAI Radio 3.