'Insectaphobia' premiere engages young audience
March 28, 2013
By Kathryn Kennedy Photography and video by Cliff Hollis and Jay Clark
Inspiration is abundant for composer Salvatore Macchia. “Bugs, bugs, bugs, bugs, insects - they’re all around us!” East Carolina University student performers sang from his script this week.
Macchia’s opera “Insectaphobia or Bug Off!” ran three nights in March as part of the 13th annual NewMusic@ECU Festival, which celebrates contemporary works of art and music. This is the first year the festival incorporated the world premiere of an opera. Written 15 years ago, “Insectaphobia” had been used in classrooms and workshops but never fully produced.
“I sat down at the piano and I opened (the opera) up in the middle…and I thought, ‘This is the piece (for the festival),’” ECU Opera Theater Director John Kramar said. “It spoke to me right off the bat.”
East Carolina University students and faculty brought the world premiere of a new opera – "Insectaphobia or Bug Off!" - to life at Fletcher Recital Hall in performances March 24-27. The opera was featured as part of the annual NewMusic@ECU Festival.