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Luca Francesconi

Composer

Biography

Luca Francesconi in action.
Composer Luca Francesconi in rehearsal for Quartett © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Italian composer Luca Francesconi made his Royal Opera debut in 2013 when his opera Quartett was staged in the Linbury Studio Theatre. Quartett was first produced at La Scala, Milan, in 2011.

Francesconi studied piano at the Milan Conservatory and composition with Azio Corghi, Karlheinz Stockhausen and Luciano Berio, while also spending time in Boston studying jazz. He was an assistant to Berio 1981–4. In 1900 he founded AGON acustica informatica musica, a centre for music research and production. He has written more than seventy works for a wide range of instrumental and other media and collaborates regularly with leading conductors, soloists and ensembles. He frequently makes use of multimedia technologies in his wide range of compositions, which include the trumpet concerto Hard Pace (written for Håkan Hardenberger), the video opera Striàz, the cello concerto Unexpected End of Formula, Sirènes for five choirs, electronics and orchestra and the dramatic oratorio Terra. Francesconi is also an active conductor and has taught masterclasses and at conservatories around the world for more than twenty-five years.

Francesconi is Music Director of the Venice Biennale, Director of the Ultima Festival and Head of Composition at the Musikhögskolan, Malmö. His many prizes include the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (Darmstadt, 1990) the Förderpreis der Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung (Munich, 1994) and the Prix Italia (1994).

Videos

News and features

Luca Francesconi’s Quartett to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 5 July 2014 at 10pm

Luca Francesconi’s Quartett to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 5 July 2014 at 10pm

30 June 2014

Leigh Melrose and Kristin Chávez's fiendishly complex vocal performance is accompanied by the London Sinfonietta.

Operageddon: Musings on the end of the world

Operageddon: Musings on the end of the world

24 June 2014

Opera has always flirted with catastrophic events. We look at how opera composers and directors have faced the apocalypse.

Antonio Pappano on Quartett: ‘Written on Skin is a good reference for the beauty and harrowing intensity of Luca’s music’

Antonio Pappano on Quartett: ‘Written on Skin is a good reference for the beauty and harrowing intensity of Luca’s music’

17 June 2014

Royal Opera House Music Director on why Luca Francesconi’s opera is not to be missed.

Quartett: Terrorism and protest in the last days of the Soviet Union

Quartett: Terrorism and protest in the last days of the Soviet Union

12 June 2014

Forget white wigs and beauty spots – Heiner Müller’s version of Dangerous Liaisons goes to a very different world.

The Feeling’s Mutual: Why classical and electronic music aren’t the polar opposites you might expect

The Feeling’s Mutual: Why classical and electronic music aren’t the polar opposites you might expect

27 May 2014

Luca Francesconi's opera Quartett follows in the footsteps of Björk, Max Richter and Aphex Twin.

Watch: Luca Francesconi and John Fulljames on post-apocalyptic opera Quartett

Watch: Luca Francesconi and John Fulljames on post-apocalyptic opera Quartett

18 March 2014

UK premiere of acclaimed opera, based on Heiner Müller's vision of Les Liaisons dangereuses.

Photos

Leigh Melrose as Vicomte de Valmont in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Leigh Melrose as Vicomte de Valmont in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Leigh Melrose as Vicomte De Valmont in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Luca Francesconi

Mark Stone as Vicomte de Valmont in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey 2014

Leigh Melrose as Vicomte de Valmont and Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Composer Luca Francesconi in rehearsal for Quartett © ROH/Stephen Cummiskey, 2014

Director John Fulljames, Conductor Andrew Gourlay and Composer Luca Francesconi in rehearsals for Quartett © ROH / Stephen Cummiskey 2014

The Royal Opera's Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Director John Fulljames, Conductor Andrew Gourlay and Composer Luca Francesconi in rehearsals for Quartett © ROH / Stephen Cummiskey 2014

Angelica Voje as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey 2014

Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Leigh Melrose as Vicomte de Valmont and Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

The Royal Opera's Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

The Royal Opera's Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014

Kirstin Chávez as Marquise de Merteuil and Leigh Melrose as Vicomte de Valmont in Quartett © ROH/ Stephen Cummiskey2014