NewsWORKS IN PROGRESS
The author is currently engaged in revising the Missa ad vitam
, for mixed choir and organ ad libitum
, and Il direttore
, a work set in an office and the backstage of a theater. At the same time he is working on a new version of “Moving Out
” with the addition of a character (a tenor).
AT SANTA CECILIA AND
AT TEATRO DI VILLA TORLONIA - ROME
MAY 13 AND 18, 2018
performed on May 13, 2018 in the Sala accademica of the Santa Cecilia
Conservatory and on May 18th in the Theater di Villa in Torlonia, Rome.
These performances were in collaboration with the Conservatory, the
Academy of Fine Arts of Rome, and the Panamanian Embassy in Italy. On
stage the nine singers (Tiffany Delguste, Stella Alonzi, Moe Iwasaki,
Federica Tuccillo, Lee
Taehym, Hao De Zheng, Oh Gyeong Taeg, Niu Tian, and Li Lutailong) were
accompanied by the Gruppo Panamense di Santa Cecilia. The vocal cast
was coached by Emanuela Salucci with Stefano Mastrangelo as the
conductor and Stefano Piacenti as director.
I CORI DELLA
AT SANTA CECILIA CONSERVATORY
MAY 5, 2018
On May 5, 2018 on the occasion of the Festival, “Un organo per Roma
,” a work taken from the opera F.S.S.P.A.
(I cori della banalità
op. 61bis), was performed in the Sala accademica of the Santa Cecilia
Conservatory. On stage the mezzo-soprano Federica Paganini and the Coro
Thesaurus under Alberto Galletti were accompanied by the Wind Quintet
of Santa Cecilia and by Paolo Tagliaferri at the organ with José Manuel
Mires on timpani. The performance was under the direction of Stefano
L’AGO DELLA BILANCIA
AT THE CONSERVATORIO DI VICENZA
FEBRUARY 28, 2017
On February 28, 2017 at the Conservatorio di Vicenza, Patrizia Boniolo and Guido Facchin performed, L’ago della bilancia
(op. 54) for harp and percussion.
INTERVIEW WITH RICCARDO RICCARDI
In the Number I, Year III, 2017 of the Literary Review Malacoda
, Carla Conti interviews Riccardo Riccardi: “And I thought that I was the last –When contemporary music becomes passé.
COMMENT ON RICCARDO RICCARDI’S MUSIC
ON SWISS RADIO
JANUARY 15, 2017
On January 15, 2017 on Swiss Radio’s Rete due
, on the program, Juke Box 900, Pippo Molino introduces Riccardi’s music.
SHAKESPEARE & GOSSIP
AT PALAZZO BRASCHI - MUSEO DI ROMA
SEPTEMBER 16, 2016
On September 16, 2016 the chamber opera Shakespeare & Gossip
(Op. 64) was performed at the Palazzo Braschi—Museo di Roma for the
opening of the Anno per Anno Festival, organized by the Fondazione
ACLE—Accademia Culturale Linguistica Educativa. On stage were three
singers, Ronja Weyhenmeyer, Manuela Festuccia and Giacomo Balla,
accompanied by the Soloists of the Orchestra Classica di Roma,
conducted by Raffaele Iannicelli, under the direction of Salvatore
AT THE ITALIAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON D.C.
JUNE 21 and 22, 2016
On June 21 and 22, 2016 Moving Out
a theatrical play with arias and duets was performed at the Italian
Embassy in Washington D.C. for the Festa della musica. The original
text by Riccardi is in English and the sung parts are both in Italian
and in English. On stage were two singer/ actresses, Elisa Prosperi and
Virginia Guidi, accompanied at the piano by Riccardo Riccardi.
SPIRITO E MATERIA
AT THE AUDITORIUM SAN FEDELE, MILAN
APRIL 22, 2016
On April 22, 2016 Spirito e materia
(op. 53 bis), in the version for solo strings, was performed at the
Auditorium San Fedele by the Orchestra Classica di Roma, conducted by
INTERVIEW TO THE AUTHOR
AT RADIO CANARIA
MARCH 17, 2016
March 17, 2016 an interview with Riccardo Riccardi by Rubén Mayor was
aired on Radio Canaria. The subject was Riccardi’s music and his
thoughts on contemporary music: “The music of the second half of the
twentieth century has been very important from an historical
perspective. True, but perhaps we need to keep going, which means to
keep trying new things. However, unfortunately, when the public sees
‘contemporary,’ or ‘contemporary music’ they become fearful, and they
may be right. I call it ‘ex-contemporaneous music,’ in the sense that
the term, contemporary, has lost its meaning: it no longer means
something written today, but something written 50 years ago. In other
words, a style that began after World War II.”
Riccardo Riccardi, composer.
MA DI CHE COSA SI TRATTA
AT THE TEATRO COMUNALE OF LAURINO (SALERNO)
DECEMBER 26, 2015
On December 26, 2015 the Orchestra Filarmonica Campana, conducted by Raffaele Iannicelli, performed Ma di che cosa si tratta
(op. 65) for strings, at the Teatro Comunale of Laurino (Salerno).
SHAKESPEARE & GOSSIP SUITE
AT THE KRAKOW ACADEMY
OCTOBER 16, 2015
On October 16, 2015 the Spoldzielnia Muzyczna, conducted by Maciej Koczur, performed the Shakespeare & Gossip Suite
(op. 64 bis) from the opera of the same name, at the Krakow Academy.
SPIRITO E MATERIA
IN AGROPOLI AND AMALFI
JULY 30 and AUGUST 1, 2015
July 30, 2015 the Moldavian Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Raffaele Iannicelli, performed the orchestral version of Spirito e materia
(op. 53 bis) in the Castello Angioino Aragonese in Agropoli (Salerno) and on August 1st in the Piazza Poggerola in Amalfi.
IN BAJARDO, IMPERIA
JULY 11, 2015
On July 11, 2015 Il testamento
was performed in the old Church of San Nicolò in Bajardo (Liguria).
After its premiere at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin on March 26,
2014, Il testamento, a theatrical play with arias
(op. 66) came to Italy, scored differently: the protagonists from the
Dublin performance were accompanied now by a new scoring. A violin and
violoncello, on stage, replaced the off-stage synthesizer. Margaret
Bridge was the singer/actress, Dearbhla Collins was the
pianist/actress, Richard Thomas played violin, and Cormac O’Brian, the
JUNE 22, 2015
On June 22, 2015 Flavio Emilio Scogna conducted, Contesa seconda
(op. 70) for chamber ensemble, at the Teatro lirico sperimentale of
Spoleto, at the conclusion of a Master class for contemporary music.
CORSI E RICORSI
AT THE SANTA CECILIA CONSERVATORY
JUNE 13, 2015
June 13, 2015 the Orchestra di flauti di Santa Cecilia, conducted by Franz Albanese, performed Corsi e ricorsi for flute and orchestra
(op. 69) in the Sala accademica of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Rome.
AT “ALZIAMO IL VOLUME”
MAY 11, 2015
On May 11th, in the Sala Medaglioni of the Conservatorio di Santa Cecilia, Carla Conti and Roberto Giuliani presented the book, Ritratti dal vivo: La musica di Marco Betta, Giovanni D’Aquila, Riccardo Riccardi
, by Simone Peraino (ABEditore Musical Essays Series), as part of the 7th series of Meetings with the Author
In the Introduction to the book, Luca Belloni writes: “...Riccardo
Riccardi, the musician with an anarchic heart. A complete artist (he
composes, writes, draws, and paints), his goals are to express daily
life and his personal and dramatic search for an occurrence, a constant
thought, an aesthetic matrix. Riccardi’s style is describable in two
simple words: freedom and inspiration.”