“It’s not a rock opera … it’s an Opera that rocks!” – Stewart Copeland

From the genius of Stewart Copeland and with the voice of Irene Grandi, the most spectacular Rock Opera with immersive video scenography.

A chronicle of sorcery, haunted by relentless persecution, entangled in sinister machinations, and veiled in medieval mystique…

The Witches Seed is a story inspired by vivid legends of the mountain cultures of central Europe and informed by historical trial documents from the bloodiest years of the Inquisition.In a time of social, spiritual, political and economic crisis due to the spread of the plague and of new heresies, three women are falsely accused of witchcraft, suffering persecutions and tribulations leading to an unexpected reckoning even as the flames rise around them.Through Inquisitor Buelli’s eyes we see his vision of the rampant evil that these women embody as they whip the villagers into orgiastic frenzy. Bishop Bascapé sees none of this. To him they are just three ordinary, if conspicuously influential women in the village. Their strength, wisdom and relative wealth make them a threat to the established order of medieval power.It is a story continuously on the edge, that plays Rashomon-like between reality and distorted visions; between characters of history and others of fevered hallucinations.The protagonists Isabetta, Nele, and Manzinetta have powerful tools at their disposal but will they be enough to save their lives? We know that over the centuries millions of women in Europe suffered atrocious torture and ended up at the stake or the gallows, how will the story end?

SIGNED BY RENOWNED ARTISTS

Conceived by Maddalena Calderoni, The Witches Seed is a culmination of collaboration and ingenuity from esteemed artists.

The music is crafted by Stewart Copeland, co-founder of The Police, boasting a career with over 60 million records sold and 5 Grammy Awards. Copeland has composed scores for notable films including Oliver Stone’s Wall Street and Francis Ford Coppola’s Rumble Fish.

The libretto is penned by award-winning British playwright Jonathan Moore, known for his works across theater, film, and the BBC, including the acclaimed “Treatment” with Gabriel Byrne. Moore also directs the 2024 revival.

Singer-songwriter Chrissie Hynde, leader of the iconic group The Pretenders, contributes some of the opera’s songs, performed by the extraordinary Irene Grandi.

Visual design is crafted by Edvige Faini, an internationally acclaimed concept artist collaborating with esteemed Hollywood production studios and leading game developers worldwide.

The Italian Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by Troy Miller, a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer; a rare talent whose artistic ability transcends genre boundaries.

STEWART COPELAND

Music

JONATHAN MOORE

Libretto and Direction

CHRISSIE HYNDE

Creative Partner

VALENTINA VERSINO

Choreography

TROY MILLER

Conductor

EDVIGE FAINI

Video Scenography

EMILIANO PASCUCCI

Light Design

ANNA GRIGNANI and KLEMENT MIHALI

Costumes by Sartoria Klemann