Killing Flower (Luci mie traditrici)

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Salvatore Sciarrino

Salvatore Sciarrino’s opera was inspired by the true story of Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, renowned in his lifetime as a master of the Madrigal but equally notorious for the cool, brutal murder of his wife and lover.  

Director, Michael McCarthy says:
I think The Killing Flower is an extraordinary and unique theatrical work, and I believe we have found a remarkable and expectation-breaking way of performing it that turns opera into something utterly new and different. The music is like nothing you've ever heard – both ensemble and singers operate in whispers, almost at the edge of audibility, and yet the impact is immense! Our performances have received rapturous ovations from audiences who are consistently captivated and caught in its spell, and Simon Banham's design has enabled us to play to all the piece's strengths – as immersive as possible. An audience will never be closer to singers, who themselves are completely immersed in the piece and perform with amazing integrity.

Sung in English

Running Time:  70mins with no interval

A co-production with Wales Millennium Centre

Director Michael McCarthy will give a pre-show talk an hour before the performance begins        

Download and read the English Libretto HERE

Read the Press Reviews HERE

Read feedback from audiences HERE


Creative Team

Music and Libretto: Salvatore Sciarrino                                                      

Duchess:  Amanda Forbes
Duke: George Humphreys  
Guest: William Towers           
Servant: Michael Bennett        

Music Theatre Wales Ensemble

Conductor: Michael Rafferty    
Director: Michael McCarthy 
Designer: Simon Banham        
Lighting Designer: Ace McCarron

Music Theatre Wales, Pascoe House, 54 Bute Street, Cardiff, CF10 5AF, UK | Company No. 02815692 | Charity No. 1039757