Lorenzo Ferrero


(17 November 1951 — )

Born in Turin in 1951, Lorenzo Ferrero studied music with Massimo Bruni and Enore Zaffiri and philosophy (aesthetics)  with Gianni Vattimo at Turin University.

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A major part of his creative activity has been dedicated to the musical theatre: Rimbaud, an opera in three acts, was followed by Marilyn at Rome’s Opera House in 1980, The wizard’s daughter, opera for children, Mare Nostro, comic opera, Night at the Bayerische Staatsoper in Monaco, Salvatore Giuliano at the Rome Opera House in 1986, Charlotte Corday, opera in three acts,  at the Rome Opera House in 1989 and Le Bleu-blanc-rouge et le Noir, a puppet opera, based on the text by Anthony Burgess, at the Paris “Festival d’Automne” in 1989, and Birth of Orpheus, a one-act theatre production, commissioned by the Arena di Verona, in 1996.
His latest opera, The conquest, on the tragic end of the Aztec civilization, was staged at the Prague National Theatre in 2005.  His works are constantly restaged by major theatres in Italy, Germany, France, Finland and the United States, including the La Scala Theatre, the Rome Opera House, the San Carlo Theatre in Naples, the Comunale in Florence, the Staatstheater Kassel, the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Helsinki National Theatre, the Palm Beach Opera, etc.  He collaborated with Carmelo Bene for the orchestration of scene music and for the Biennale Theatre. He has also written many compositions for orchestras, piano and chamber formations. His instrumental works include: Concerto for piano and orchestra, Concerto for violin, cello, piano and orchestra, Love songs  for vocals and 9 instruments, Tempi di quartetto for string quartet, Parodia for 14 instruments, La Nueva España, six symphonic poems for orchestra. In 1993, together with six other composers, he wrote a Requiem for the mafia victims, performed in the Cathedral of  Palermo and broadcast by Rai Tre.  In 1994 he completed the orchestration of the third version of the opera by Giacomo Puccini La Rondine  (The Swallow), which premiered at the Turin Regio Theatre.  In 1997 he wrote the music for the Sestrières Ski World Cup opening ceremony. He has also worked in musical organization, holding the office of artistic director of the Torre del Lago Puccini Festival, of the Turin Unione Musicale, and of the Arena di Verona.

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In 1999 he was Director of  Musica 2000, Turin Music Fair, from 1999 to 2003 co-founder and co-ordinator of Festa della Musica in Milan, from 2003 general manager and later artistic director of the symphonic section of the Ravello Festival. In 2007 he was appointed member of the board of directors of SIAE, the Italian Authors and Publishers Association.

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He published Manuale di scrittura musicale (EDT, Torino, 2007)