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The Killing Flower

Music Theatre Wales presents Salvatore Sciarrino’s bewitching opera, based on the true story of Renaissance madrigal master and murderer Carlo Gesualdo.

Most recent performance

There are currently no scheduled performances of The Killing Flower. It was last on stage 24 October 2013 as part of the Autumn 2013/14 season.


Acclaimed Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera The Killing Flower (Luci mie traditrici) is inspired by the life of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo. Renowned as a master of the madrigal, Gesualdo achieved notoriety of a different kind for the double killing of his wife and lover.

Sciarrino combines themes of passion, betrayal and murder in an opera like no other. The audience is cast in the role of eavesdropper, caught up in the beauty and mystery of hushed conversations, fraught silences and elusive whispers. Music Theatre Wales brings The Killing Flower to the UK for the first time in an immersive new production by Michael McCarthy.

Read The Killing Flower libretto here (PDF).

On Wikipedia

Luci mie traditrici (Oh My Betraying Eyes) is an opera in two acts by Salvatore Sciarrino, who also wrote the libretto. It was first performed under the German title Die tödliche Blume (The Deadly Flower) on 19 May 1998 in the Schlosstheater Schwetzingen at the Schwetzingen Festival.

Abstract taken from the Wikipedia article Luci mie traditrici, available under a Creative Commons license.