NEWS 2015-2016

2015 Barlow Prize Winner

August, 2015

The Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University proudly announces commission winners for 2015. After reviewing  317 submissions from 29 countries worldwide, the judging panel awarded Alberto Colla of Alessandria, Italy, the Barlow Prize to compose a major new work for symphony orchestra. The piece will be premiered by the San Antonio and Utah symphonies and by an orchestra from the Beijing Modern Music Festival in 2017.


June 18, 2015

Il ponderoso Trattato di armonia moderna e contemporanea scritto dal compositore con finalità didattica, di prossima pubblicazione: nuove prospettive storicistiche e analisi delle tecniche e delle teorie, da Bononcini a Partch, con e oltre Schönberg e Hauer. Ne abbiamo lungamente parlato con l’autore.


September, 2015


Abyssus abyssum invocat

October 10-11, 2015

for violin, two pianos, two percussion players

RICORDI (2007)

Festival Antidogma


October 20, 2015

Masterclass in Composition

Conservatory 'N. Piccinni' in Bari, Italy

Italian Première

October 30, 2015

Quartetto N. 3 - Hyperthematic (RICORDI 2013) - Xenia Ensemble - Festival ESTOVEST 2015 - Teatro Vittoria, Torino - Italy



November 21-22, 2015

Masterclass in Composition

Cluster, Lucca, Italy

Festival Présence 2016

February 11, 2016

Symphonic World Première, "Sérénade sur la modulation des vents" (RICORDI 2015), commission Radio France, Orchestre national d'Île-de-France, conductor Enrique Mazzola, Paris.

TV Interview

April 22, 2016 at 22:00; April 23, 2016 at 16:40; April 24, 2016 at 09:40; April 25, 2016 at 01:05; April 25, 2016 at 12:50; April 26, 2016 at 03:15; April 26, 2016 at 18:55; April 27, 2016 at 04:30; April 27, 2016 at 10.00; April 28, 2016 at 23:25

Sky Classica HD - Channel 138 - TV show 'Contrappunti'

Alberto E. Colla talks about his work and harmony with Nicola Campogrande

Utah Symphony


New Symphonic Composition, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Beijing Modern Music Festival 2018


New Symphonic Composition, Beijing, China

Delitto e Dovere (Crime and Duty)

July 7,8,9 2017

Delitto e Dovere (Crime and Duty), a one-act opera, featuring music and libretto by Alberto E. Colla, makes its world premiere July 7 at the Festival di Spoleto. The story is loosely based on Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – A Study of Duty. 
The scene is London in the late 1800s, a time known as the second industrial revolution, or the technological revolution. The period also coincided with widespread interest in paranormal phenomena including hypnosis, séances, chiromancy, etc. Indeed, palmistry lies at the center of this story.

Victorian London comes to life, a farcical society rife with outrageous caricatures and brimming with bawdy humor, reminiscent in many ways of life today. As Colla points out, “The satirical vein explodes inside the paradox. Crime becomes a duty – within the scope of petty human affairs – but that does not matter! The main thing is to respect the futile vanity of our own masks.”
The performance features seven singers, along with mimes and extras. The voice of Oscar Wilde provides commentary.  

Repeat performances are scheduled for July 8 & 9, inside the Auditorium della Stella at the Festival di Spoleto. 
This work was commissioned by Fondazione Teatro Coccia, of Novara.

One-act opera by Alberto Colla
Libretto by the composer, loosely based on 
Oscar Wilde’s Lord Arthur Savile’s crime - A study of Duty 
WP: Spoleto, 7 July 2017
Direction: Paolo Gavazzeni and Piero Maranghi
Orchestra Talenti Musicali
Conductor: Giovanni Di Stefano
Instrumentation: 1(also picc) 1. 1 (also bcl) sax t 1 (also dbn)/ perc / strings
Duration: 75’

San Antonio Symphony, Tobin Center for the Performing Art

November 10, 11, 2017

Ode by the Earth (Symphony N. 4), Tobin Center for the Performing Art, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Delitto e Dovere (Crime and Duty)

October 27, 2017

Delitto e Dovere (Crime and Duty), a one-act opera, featuring music and libretto by Alberto E. Colla
Duration: 75’

Teatro Coccia - Novara - Italy

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