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Promoting Peace Through Music: IOT Performed for Harmony for Peace Foundation as Presented on NBC

12182483_10208447757576393_2032343027617983404_oInternational Opera Theater of Philadelphia young sopranos performed on the 21st of February 2016 at Rotwitt Theater of Rosemont College, excerpts from Hildegard von Bingen: Bambina Mistica – Child Mystic by Mariano Garau as one of a group of stellar young artists, including Martha Finegan poet reading, in an amazing fund raising concert for the beautiful organization of our friend, Tomoko Torii: Harmony for Peace Foundation.


Below Tomoko Torii talks about the fundraiser:



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Libretto by
Karen Saillant & Christian Bygott

Italian Translation by
Antonio Fava

Music By
American Celtic influenced Classical composer David Matthew Brown

Aug 28,29 & 30
Teatro degli Avvaloranti, Citta’ della Pieve, Italy

Info e prevendita Ufficio Turistico Comunale interno della Rocca / tel 0578299375



Azaio Opera Characters

IOT 13th world premiere Italian Opera: “Sogno” based on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in collaboration with The World Shakespeare Project


Terrarte Photo

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IOT presents our 13th world premiere Italian opera: a new version of “Sogno di Una Notte di Mezza Estate”, based on Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, with music by award winning Filipino film music composer, Von De Guzman and libretto by world renowned Italian Maestro, Antonio Fava. This premiere will be presented in conjunction with The World Shakespeare Project in Teatro degli Avvaloranti, Citta’ della Pieve, honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The production will be under the musical direction of Italian conductor, Maestro Mauro Fabbri, who conducts regularly in Germany.

American stage director Karen Lauria Saillant, who has created new works for The Philadelphia Orchestra, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Modern Art, Bergamo International Festival of Culture, Teatro Valle, Rome’s oldest and largest opera house and many other cultural institutions in the US and Italy, will direct.Professional opera singers have come from more than 40 countries to sing in our projects.
Our project is both diverse and sustainable with costumes and sets made by fiber artists from recycled objects such as water bottles, trash bags, remainder fabrics, rubber bands, panyhose, lathe, duck tape.
This year’s opera will be another world first, as other abled youth from Citta’ della Pieve will design our costumes and sets. Above you can see them at work in their ceramic laboratory. As far as we know, this is the first time in history that other abled youth have designed costumes and sets for a world premiere opera!
We want to emphasize that our objective is to create and develop a non verbal intercultural communication model through musical and theater arts. We have been experimenting with our process and researching its development for the past 13 years in Italy and Philadelphia. This process enables a new generation of opera artists who are empathetic, resilient and filled with unbounded creativity that is in harmony with nature.


Citta’ della Pieve, Italy Holds 20 Day Retrospective to Celebrate IOT 16 World Premiere Italian Operas




















Our beloved town in Italy, Comune di Città della Pieve, where International Opera Theater of Philadelphia has created 16 world premiere Italian operas over the past 16 years (something to have not occurred anywhere else in the world) will present a 20 day retrospective on those operas during which our brilliant photographer, artist & friend, Ornella Tiberi has taken unimaginably gorgeous photos. There will be an invitation only presentation in the theater entitled “Fantasy and Reality”, curated by Diego Parbuono, an outdoor presentation, projected in the main square of the town & 20 days of images hanging in the windows of shops on the main street of the historic center of town, with attached codes that enable visitors to hear a short excerpt from each opera, whose picture is depicted on the poster in the window!