Fabrizio Funari | The librettist2019-02-07T17:57:33+00:00


 *personal considerations on content and style in contemporary libretto writing and opera.

  1. Librettos should describe non-normative narratives and identities. This queering approach should be understood purely in its broader academic terms (i.e. the study of literature, discourse and other social and cultural areas from a non-normative perspective including social, economic, political and cultural issues and identities).
  2. The librettist should consider the collective imaginary solely as an aesthetic means rather than a digestible end.
  3. Librettos should reflect all contemporaneity and should not be elitist.
  4. Librettos should deploy a certain degree of symbolism yet hermeticism must be avoided.
  5. Librettos should be ambiguous as they portray reality and all reality is ambiguous.
  6. Similar to reality, librettos have no beginning or end.
  7. The librettist should defy normative language and be anti-prescriptive.
  8. Opera should be considered as a synthesis of the arts so long as all its elements have authentic artistic and intellectual values in their own right.
  9. Librettists should aim to actively work together with other artists as well as composers, directors and everyone involved in production.
  10. Realism, realism, realism. Consciousness, consciousness, consciousness. Boomboom, boomboom, boomboom.


Fabrizio Funari was born in Rome, Italy, in 1991. His long-term passion for music and lyricism began at the age of thirteen with the songwriting and recording of two single EPs. He then dedicated himself to poetry and narratives and started to write short poems and stories. As Fabrizio began exploring art and culture in all its forms and facets he created video art and installations and participated with in different art competitions in Italy.

During his time in university, Fabrizio gained precious insights from the Far East culture and artistic movements and identities which he carefully amalgamated with his education and creative process. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Linguistic and Cultural Mediation (Oriental Studies Programme) at Roma Tre University where he also studied music history and musicology. He won a scholarship to study at University College of London (UCL) where he focused on English literature, creative writing and art history. Eventually, he went on to study a master’s degree at the Institute of Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Goldsmiths University of London.

Fabrizio currently writes in English, Spanish and Italian and has collaborated with different LGBTQ+ magazines. For example, as editor-in-chief of Zineidest and other publications such as Togayther. In addition, he is the founder and artistic director of contemporary art gallery Artidest Ltd.  He is currently collaborating as an author with production company Kama Productions to create and develop a mini-series of six episodes on opera for RAI (Radio Televisione Italiana). Despite being born and bred in Rome is unquestionably something that ignited his passion for opera and shaped his ideas on its aesthetics, narratives and consumption, it was when he moved to London at the end of 2012 and then again in 2015 that he began to be properly in contact with the opera-going world and study its components. Fabrizio is captivated by the synthesis of the arts in opera and eventually, due to his lingering passion for literature, directed all his interest towards the art of librettos-writing.

He has lived and worked in London, Beijing, Madrid, Seville and Rome where he is currently based. He has written for and collaborated with established and up-and-coming composers such as Germán Alonso, Martin Gaughan, Kieron Smith, Arham Aryadi and Marco Benetti. His writing is heavily influenced by the music of György Ligeti, Luciano Berio and Francis Poulenc as well as the work of Michel de Ghelderode, Allen Ginsberg, Arrigo Boito, W. H. Auden, Kostantinos Kavafis, Lorenzo da Ponte, Reinaldo Arenas, Eugène Ionesco, Jean Genet, W. B. Yeats, Tristan Tzara, Jean Cocteau, the Chinese Misty Poets and Federico García Lorca.


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