Roberta Vacca

(b. 3 March 1967, L'Aquila).

Italian composer of mostly stage, chamber and electroacoustic works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Ms. Vacca studied with Mauro Cardi and Matteo D'Amico at the Conservatorio Alfredo Casella in L'Aquila, where she earned diplomas in band instrumentation, choral direction and composition. She studied composition with Azio Corghi and Franco Donatoni at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, where she received a superior degree.

Among her honours are Secondo Premio in the competition Domenico Guaccero in Bari (1998), the Premio CEMAT (1999), Terzo Premio in the competition Gesualdo da Venosa (2000), Primo Premio in the competition of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia (2001), Second Prize in the FIDAPA (2001), the Premio Gaspare Spontini (2001), Primo Premio in the competition Curci (2002), Primo Premio in the competition Egidio Carella (2002), Deuxième Prix in the competition for sacred music in Fribourg (2002), and Primero Premio in the competition Alberto Ginastera (2002). Her music has been performed in Austria, Hungary, Italy, Spain, Ukraine and the USA.

She is also active in other positions. As a pianist, she has played throughout Italy, co-founded with Laura Miconi the Duo Pianistico Astarte in 1991 and has collaborated with the Coro Polifonico CIMA. She co-founded with Paola Campanini the troupe of musicians and puppeteers Gruppo Teatrale Burattinmusica in 1995.

She has taught music theory at the Conservatorio Alfredo Casella.


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Relazioni (text by Sister Maria Crocifissa de Tomasi), 2 female actors, piano, 1999

C'Era una volta la Principessa Dispettosa (text by Nicoletta Costa), speaker, fixed media, live electronics, 2000 (collaboration with Mauro Cardi, Maria Cristina De Amicis, Michelangelo Lupone, Alessandro Sbordoni)

Lunedì dell'Angelo (text by St. Angela of Foligno), voice, female actor, fixed media, 2000

Intimorosamente (text by Nell Kimball), female actor–speaker, alto saxophone, violin, cello, percussion, 2001

Gattomachia (opera for children, libretto by the composer, after Lope de Vega), 2 female actors–voices, flute, percussion, fixed media, live electronics, 2002

Baby Blues (incidental music), soprano saxophone, piano, percussion, 2002 (may be performed as a concert work)

Il Colore dei suoni (incidental music), flute, 2002


Lay replay, string orchestra, 2001

Le Stanze della luna, 2002


Micra, piccolo (+ flute, alto flute), E-flat clarinet (+ clarinet, bass clarinet), percussion, 1995

Frammenti, flute, clarinet, French horn, harp, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1996

Amaca, violin, 1996

Bassorilievo, flute, clarinet, French horn, 2 violins, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1997

Rituale, violin, viola, cello, 1998

Ritorni, string quartet, 1998

Rito, violin, viola, cello, live electronics, 1998

L'Anello fra le dita (text by Ovid), speaker, flute, clarinet, harp, string quartet, 1999 (also version for flute, clarinet, 2 violins, viola, cello, vibraphone, 2000)

Another flashing chance, amplified bass flute, electric guitar, 2000

Immobile, transverse flute, fixed media, 2001

L'Ami, flute, oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, tenor saxophone, 2001

Ridonda (text by Gabriele D'Annunzio), speaker, ensemble, 2001

Baby Blues, soprano saxophone, piano, percussion, 2002 (incidental music; may be performed as a concert work)

Inonda, piccolo (+ alto flute, percussion), 2002


Contramor (texts by C. Bertola, Torquato Tasso), soprano, bass, mixed chorus, large orchestra, 1998

Eya (text from an anonymous source, from Cæcilia, virgo et martyr, H 413 by Marc-Antoine Charpentier), mixed chorus, large orchestra, 2000


Grido concentrico (text by Anna Maria Giancarli), mezzo-soprano, female speaker, piccolo (+ flute, alto flute), 1997

Gattomachia (text by Lope de Vega), soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1999

Coplas de gatos (text by Lope de Vega), soprano, piano, 1999

Days of light (text by Lewis Carroll), soprano, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2000

UNO (text by the composer), soprano, string orchestra, 2001


De-sequentia, 1999

Ninna-nanna-nonna, 2000


Il Monte analogo, fixed media, 1999

Pas de deux, fixed media, 1999 (collaboration with Maria Cristina De Amicis)

Effimera ombra, fixed media, 2001

Il Gioco del doppio, fixed media, 2001

Luna in Cancro, fixed media, 2001

Grigio perla, fixed media, 2001

La Porta di cristallo, fixed media, 2001

Il Filo di Arianna, fixed media, 2001