Silent City

Arriving in Matera, the feeling of contrast is strong. It is a city of juxtapositions: The Plains and the Sassi (Matera’s Ancient Cave Dwellings), shame and pride, stone and cement, noise and silence. The Sassi district, in particular, holds onto the memory of changes.

The din caused by overcrowding, the evacuation of the 70s, the deathly silence of abandonment, the repopulation of recent years – the new voice.

Silent City is an opera, made by Matera and dedicated to Matera. With the collaboration of Italian and European artists, the work investigates the cathartic and communicative power of Opera.


Opera Circus, United Kingdom

Orchestra Senzaspine, Italy

Materahub, Italy

Universa Musica – Unibas, Italy

Scuola di Musica “Il Setticlavio”, Italy

Music Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Conservatorio di Musica E. Duni Matera – MaterElettrica, italy

Italian Cultural Institute – Edinburgh, Scotland

Opersonic, United Kingdom



Alessandra Maltempo, Italy

Vania Cauzillo, Italy

Nigel Osborne, Scotland

Ubah Cristina Ali Farah, Italy-Somalia

Tommaso Ussardi, Italy

James Bonas, United Kingdom

Andrea Ciommiento, Italy

Anna Moscatelli, Italy

Cydney Uffindell-Phillips, United Kingdom

Zakk Hein, United Kingdom

Peter Nelson, Scotland

Operasonic, United Kingdom