We are in front of an artist able to talk to the listener with an engaging language, not burdened with an end in itself technicality.
Vincenzo Santangelo, Rockerilla
Matteo Franceschini shows his authorial character even better than before. Shameless, harsh, extreme. His music has a strong, dreamlike impression between labyrinth-instrumental, translucent gestures and a refined timber’s development.
Angelo Foletto, La Repubblica
The only possible category to describe the work of Franceschini [editor’s note: Forèst – food opera in quattro stagioni, un prologo ed un epilogo] is work of art: total, complex, evocative, significant, new.
Monique Ciola, Il Giornale della Musica
With convincing, vibrant writing and a clear sensitivity for the narrative role of the music in its many variations and its constant fluidity, Matteo Franceschini’s instrumental theatre has an authoritative freedom and an uninhibited nonchalance in following the inclinations of his fertile but well-organised imagination. His compositional way of thinking and his attraction to the fairy-tale world, to that which is beyond mere sensory perception, remind one of Schumann.
Sandro Cappelletto, La Stampa
In vocal music of Matteo Franceschini nests a theatrical form that you might define using an antique rhetorical device: hypotyposis. This, a little bit obsolete and archaic term – which literally means “I draw” – refers to the abilities that some words have to show things in an immediate, direct, “iconic” way. Material things, like objects and people, as well as immaterial things like ideas, concepts, thoughts.
Guido Barbieri, La Repubblica
The Trentino-born Matteo Franceschini has no obviousness to reveal. In Gridario he tells some bizarre laws proclaimed by the aristocracy of his land during the 18th century, and let them be commented by an alpine choir which represents the folks that suffers the laws themselves. At the same time, the electronic reminds how this narration happens nowadays. That’s how this all gives birth to a skillful and smart contamination of resonant objects.
Girardi Enrico, Il Correre della Sera
[food-opera in quattro stagioni, un prologo e un epilogo]
Soprano: Laura Catrani
Bass/Baritone: Nicholas Isherwood
Accordion: Pierre Cussac
Cello: Leo Morello
Chef*: Alessandro Gilmozzi
Scenography/Costume Design: Mathias Baudry
Light Design: Kévin Briard
Visual Design: Luca Franceschini and Andrea Franceschini
Sound engineer: Davide Zuccotti
Live electronics: Matteo Franceschini
Libretto and Stage Direction: Volodia Serre
* food and wine tasting is set during the performance
[a tuned sculpture]
Performance based on Jacopo Mazzonelli’s sculpture ABCDEFG
For two performers and live electronics
Performers: Jacopo Mazzonelli and Eleonora Wegher
Live electronics: TOVEL (aka Matteo Franceschini)