Andrea Molino is the epitome of a 21 century composer. His works are innovative, multimedia-oriented and always socially relevant. His compositions are published by RAI Trade, Nuova Stradivarius and Ricordi.
Andrea Molino, composer and conductor, was born in Turin and studied in Turin, Milan, Venice, Paris and Freiburg. He lives in Zurich.
1996 to 2007 he was Musical Director of the Pocket Opera Company in Nuremberg. His own projects the smiling carcass (1999) and Those Who Speak In A Faint Voice (2001), about the death penalty (both in collaboration with Oliviero Toscani), are examples of his commitment to innovative, multimedia-oriented music theatre. He conducted the death penalty project in Basel and Nuremberg with the Phoenix Ensemble Basel and in New York and Milan with the Klangforum Wien.
2000 to 2006 Andrea Molino was Artistic Director of Fabrica Musica. His multimedia music theatre CREDO, on ethnic and religious conflicts, was premiered in April 2004 at the Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe and then performed at the Stazione Termini in Rome with the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino for the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates. In 2005 it opened the Queensland Music Festival in Brisbane, Australia. WINNERS, on “winners and losers”, was premiered in 2006 at the Brisbane Festival; the European Premiere followed at the Grande Salle of the Centre Pompidou in Paris.
The multimedia staged concert un Temps vécu, ou qui pourrait l’être was premiered in 2008 at Le Fresnoy, in Lille, where he was “Invited Artist” for the season 2007-2008. In 2009, as Artistic Director of the World Venice Forum, he curated the Festival The Garden of Forking Paths. At the Basilica dei Frari he conducted the Orchestra della Fenice
in his multimedia concert Of Flowers and Flames, for the 25th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster. His latest project, Three Mile Island, on the nuclear accident in Pennsylvania, was first performed in 2012 at the ZKM in Karlsruhe; the Italian Premiere followed at the Teatro India in Rome. The project received the Music Theatre Now Award 2012.
As a conductor, he opened the 2013 season of Opera Australia at the Sydney Opera House with Verdi's A Masked Ball with the direction of La Fura dels Baus; the production was then presented in Melbourne. In Sydney in 2011 he had already conducted Verdi's Macbeth. He opened the 2010 concert season of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice with the world premiere of Maderna’s Requiem; in the Fenice he had opened the Music Biennale 2005 with Goebbels’ Surrogate Cities and conducted Mosca’s Signor Goldoni and Ambrosini's Il Killer di Parole. He conducted the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, the Bochumer Symphoniker, the Badische Staatskapelle Karlsruhe, the Dresdner Sinfoniker (including the Palestine Tour, 2013), the BBC SSO Glasgow, the OSL Nancy, The Queensland Orchestra at the Edinburgh Festival, Vienna Konzerthaus, Sydney Festival, Berliner Festspiele in the Philharmonie in Berlin, Queensland Music Festival, Brisbane Festival, Teatro Comunale in Bologna, Teatro dell'Opera in Rome, Opéra national de Nancy, Staatstheater Darmstadt, RomaEuropa Festival, Schauspielhaus Zurich (with Goebbels' Industry and Idleness), Musik der Jahrhunderte Stuttgart, Zagreb Biennale, Hellerau Dresden.
His recordings are published in CD and DVD by Stradivarius, Milan (since 1992), Naïve, Paris and Dynamic (Genoa). His compositions are published by RAI Trade, Nuova Stradivarius and Ricordi.
Three Mile Island Reviews (Italian and English)
Quello che sorprende di "Three Mile Island", la bella opera del compositore Andrea Molino, è che, pur raccontando un'immensa tragedia, lascia dentro una grande speranza. [...] E mentre la figura mitica degli indiani di Pennsylvania, Sky Woman (l'intensa Andrea Mirò), narra di un Paese che ha perso l'innocenza, i suoni e le voci del Klangforum Wien e dei Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart avvolgono tutto. [...] Un coup de théâtre finale ci riporta al presente ed è il giovane Johannes Vergeiner, figlio di Ignaz, a testimoniare la speranza degli uomini buoni.
Anna Cepollaro, Repubblica, 27.5.2012 (******)
What is surprising about "Three Mile Island", the beautiful opera by the composer Andrea Molino, is that, while telling a great tragedy, it allows room for hope. [...] And as the legendary figure of the Indians of Pennsylvania, Sky Woman (an intense Andrea Mirò), tells of a country that has lost its innocence, the sounds and voices of Klangforum Wien and Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart envelop everything. [...] A final coup de théâtre brings us back to the present and the young Johannes Vergeiner, Ignaz's son, who bears witness to the hopes of good men.
Anna Cepollaro, Repubblica, 05.27.2012 (******)
Indefinibile come genere teatrale tradizionale - e questo sia titolo di merito - il concerto scenico dato al Teatro India di Roma in prima italiana non voleva essere un atto di accusa stile Nono. I referti scientifici di Vergeiner nella loro nuda realtà gridano da soli ad inesorabile condanna di un peccato che già Gesù (Matteo, 5-10) identifica: la menzogna ai danni dell'operatore di giustizia. Nulla meglio del suono contraffatto di una tromba che emerge bugiarda dal marasma di altri strumenti poteva suggerire questo, al vertice di un'invenzione sonora dovuta ad Andrea Molino e alla drammaturgia di Guido Barbieri. Lungo quanto ammirevole l'elenco di quanto udito e veduto in questo "Three Mile Island".
Giovanni Carli Ballola, L'Espresso, 22.6.2012
Indefinable in any traditional theatrical genre - and this is meant as a commendation - a staged concert given at the Teatro India in Rome its Italian premiere, does not aim to make political accusation in the manner of Nono. The scientific reports of Vergeiner shout the bare truth with relentless condemnation of the sin identified by Jesus (Matthew 5-10): the persecution of the righteous. There is nothing better than the sound of a trumpet emerging from the welter of other instruments to suggest that deceit, in this excellent score composed by Andrea Molino with dramaturgy by Guido Barbieri. The list of superb things, both heard and seen, is long in this “Three Mile Island.”
Giovanni Carli Ballola, L'Espresso, 22.6.2012
L’azione teatrale, ben supportata dalle musiche di Andrea Molino eseguite dai musicisti del Klangforum Wien, con gli interventi vocali dei solisti del Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, le azioni multimedia di ZKM Karlsruhe e Zurich University of the Arts, è particolarmente efficace sul piano drammaturgico e coinvolge il pubblico con un crescendo di emozioni che, alla fine, si sciolgono in un convinto applauso che più volte richiama sul palco autori ed esecutori.
Umberto Asti, teatro.org, 19.6.2012
The theatrical action is well supported by the music of Andrea Molino, performed by musicians of Klangforum Wien, with vocal performances by the soloists of the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart. ZKM Karlsruhe and Zurich University of the Arts developed the Multimedia, which is particularly successful in the development of the drama which gripped the audience emotionally – at the end of the work the audience erupted into loud, enthusiastic applause, calling authors and performers back to the stage several times.
Umberto Asti, teatro.org, 19.6.2012
I suoni del Klangforum Wien, sonorità altre, umane ed animali, degli stupendi Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, una sull'altra interferivano, si sovrapponevano ciascuna in una sua storia, sino all'urto della crepa del reattore e alla nube tossica, nella spaventosa babele delle lingue degli intossicati. [...] Poi le dichiarazioni finali dei testimoni - quelle del figlio di Ignaz Vergeiner - dirette ai giusti. Mentre la musica, drammatica, si spandeva nell'immenso spazio.
Pao. Par., Il Tempo, 23.5.2012
The sonority of Klangforum Wien, other sounds, human and animal, of the wonderful Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, intruded on each other, overlapping, each with his own story, telling of the effect of the accident at the reactor and the resulting toxic cloud, all conveyed by the frightening interweaving of the voices of those poisoned. [...] Then the final declarations of the witnesses - those of the son of Ignaz Vergeiner – directed at the just. Throughout the performance the music dramatically encompassed the immense space.
Pao. Par., Il Tempo, 23.5.2012
OF FLOWERS AND FLAMES - World Premiere, Venice October 2009
[...] The most moving part of the performance was “Of Flowers And Flames”, the audiovisual score, which was conceived by Andrea Molino, touched the audience through the strength by which sounds, images and movements communicated the forgotten tragedy of Bhopal. [...] Molino kept his promises, he succeeded in creating an organic work where the different expressive forms did not "accompany" each other but on the contrary became integrated and melted into an independent and coherent creation.
L.M., VeneziaMusica, December 2009
World Premiere: CREDO, Badische Staatskapelle, Badisches Staatstheater, Karlsruhe, April 2004
... the almost endless, euphoric final applause was well deserved by Molino and the brilliantly prepared Badische Staatskapelle...Badische Neueste Nachrichten... he [Andrea Molino] motivated the Staatskapelle to a highly concentrated, powerful sound and he was an excellent coordinator of the different musical sequences...
...Andrea Molino conducts his own demanding score full of energy and vitality...
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
CREDO, Queensland Biennial Music Festival, July 2005
....The sheer scale and logistics of Andrea Molino\'s Credo: The Innocence of God would give any music producer an ulcer. With full, amplified symphony orchestra, more than a dozen solo musicians, vocalists and actors onstage, extensive audio-visual projections on three large screens, plus three traditional bands beamed in live by satellite from Istanbul, Belfast and Jerusalem, the capacity for the whole production to fall apart was ever-present. Extraordinarily, with the composer himself calmly conducting in the middle of it all, and a full house looking on in wonder, nothing went awry. Notch up another production triumph for Terracini, who surely now must rank as the most virtuosic of Australian festival directors. ... Through bringing together musicians located around the world to play the same piece in real time, Credo is as convincing technically as it is musically or politically. ...
Martin Buzacott, The Australian
Three Mile Island nominated for 2013 Prix Ars Electronica
A 2012 work by Andrea Molino has been nominated for the prestigious Prix Ars Electronica for cyberarts.
Three Mile Island is a multimedia staged concert for narrator, vocal ensemble, instrumental ensemble, live video and live electronics that explores the effects of the nuclear accident at Three Mile Island in 1979. It was premiered in Karlsruhe in the ZKM as part of the European Days of Culture festival by Klangforum Wien, the Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart, and subsequent performances took plae in Rome's Teatre India. It has received a number of brilliant reviews, and has been described as being 'indefinable in any traditional theatre genre'.
The Prix Ars Electronica is considered one of the most important awards for innovative work within digital media.
A multimedia staged concert based on written and video recorded contributions by Ignaz Vergeiner, collected by Karl Hoffmann
Music: Andrea Molino
Texts and Dramaturgy: Guido Barbieri
In collaboration with Karl Hoffman, Oscar Pizzo and Andrea Molino
Recorded in Karlsruhe, ZKM, March 2012 with Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Klangforum Wien.