Born in Rome in 1963, Lucia Ronchetti studied Composition and Computer Music at the Accademia di Santa Cecilia and Philosophy at the University of Rome. In Paris, she attended composition seminars with Gérard Grisey, participated in the annual computer music courses at IRCAM (1997) and obtained her PhD in musicology from the École Pratique des Hautes Études en Sorbonne, under the supervision of François Lesure (1999).
In 2005 she was a Visiting Scholar (Fulbright fellow) at the Columbia University Music Department in New York, at the invitation of Tristan Murail. Other important work experiences include those with Silvano Bussotti (1981), Salvatore Sciarrino (1989), Hans Werner Henze (1993), Folkmar Hein (1998), and André Richard (2003).
Lucia Ronchetti has been a grant beneficiary and composer-inresidence to: Yaddo, New York; Berliner Künstlerprogramm des DAAD, Berlin; Stuttgart Staatsoper; MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, NH (USA); and Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart. She has collaborated on her music theatre projects with the writers Ermanno Cavazzoni, Ivan Vladislavic, Eugene Ostashevsky, the artists Toti Scialoja, Alberto Sorbelli, Judith Cahen, Dörte Meyer, Adrian Tranquilli, Elisabetta Benassi, Mirella Weingarten and sound designers Marie-Hélène Serra, Folkmar Hein, André Richard, Reinhold Braig, Carl Faia, Olivier Pasquet and Thomas Seelig. In 2011 her chamber opera Lezioni di Tenebra was co-produced by Konzerthaus Berlin, Contemporanea-Auditorium Parco della Musica Roma, Kunstfestspielen Herrenhausen-Hannover and Salzburg Biennale. A new production is planned at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin in the next season.
In 2012–15 she will create a three-season music theatre project for the Semperoper of Dresden and a new opera for Mannheim Nationaltheater with a libretto by Ermanno Cavazzoni.
Selected works (since 2007): Xylocopa Violacea, theatre concerto for female voice, male voice and electronics (2007), Albertine, theatre concerto (2007), Hamlet’s Mill, theatre concerto for orchestra (2007), Le voyage d’Urien, theatre concerto for ensemble (2008), Rumori da monumenti, theatre concerto for ensemble (2008), Prosopopeia, theatre concerto (2009), Der Sonne entgegen, musical theatre (2009), Toccar con gl’occhi e rimirar col tattoo, musical theatre (2010), Narrenschiffe, musical theatre (2010), Lezioni di tenebra musical theatre (2010), Gutta cavat lapidem for orchestra (2011), Neumond, chamber opera (2011), Sei personaggi in cerca d’autore for six voices and orchestra (2011), 3e32 Naufragio di terra, musical theatre (2011), Helicopters and butterflies for percussionist (2012), Studio di Urien for baritone and piano (2010), La violette geante, installation (2012), Contrascena for five singers (2012), Ravel Unravel for cello and piano (2012), Black Star, film music (2012), Blumenstudien for five voices (2012), Le Palais du silence, drama after Claude Debussy (2013).