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This interview was done through e-mail in December 2000 with the female vocalist Cadaveria from the Italian occult metal band Opera IX.
Could you give us a short biographical background on
Opera IX since I´m afraid there are some people who
still haven´t heard of you?
Answer: Well, Opera IX was born in the end of Eighties but only around 1992 the
reached a steady line-up. Since 1992 me, Ossian, Vlad and Flegias are
nucleus of the band. In 1997 Lunaris enterered the band and completed
group. Apart two demos, the most interesting production started in 1993
7 inch ep The Triumph of Death, while the full lengths are The Call of
Wood (1995, Miscarriage-Nusferatu rec), Sacro Culto (1998, Shiver
and The Black Opera-Symphoniae Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum (2000,
You probably don´t like labelling your music but could
you please give the readers who haven´t heard your
beautiful symphonies yet a short description of the
Opera IX sound?
Answer: Our music is a personal mix of many influences and few words aren’t
to define it. Somebody say it is a strange mix of doom, death and
I think it is something more: it is the mirror of our souls, it is
IX’s music and style, it’s pure occultism.
Is Cadaveria your real name? If not, what is your real
name and how come you chose this name? Does it have a
Answer: Everyone of us chose the name that better represents his own
way of being. The name Cadaveria perfectly describes my look,
spectral, my gloomy and painful feelings and my love and attraction for
what is sick and insane.
Female vocals have become popular in metal with bands
like Theatre of Tragedy, Tristania, Power Symphony and
others but you are quite unique with your sometimes
enchanting clean and sometimes grim, harsh voice. How
come you started to sing this way? Were you in any
other bands before Opera IX?
Answer: Yes there are many female singers in metal but I think I have nothing
with all those you mentioned, my voice is totally different. I sing
only ‘cause it is natural for me. I started singing by joke around 1991
strange band called Marciume, it was a sort of heavy-punk-core band, I
in Italian. I remember it was an amusing and alcoholic period… Then in
Opera IX needed a new singer and offered me to try. After few days I
already spellbound by Opera IX, all of us agreed my voice was really ok
that genre and I seriously became part of the project.
Your first two albums were released through Shiver
Records and Miscarriage Records. I must admit that I
have never heard of these labels before. Could you
tell me a little about them?
Answer: Well, Miscarriage Records was a very small Italian label and now it
exist any more. It was the first that offered us a contract, we had the
album ready and had no experience… this is the reason why we accepted
sign for it. Shiver Records is a Belgian label that seemed very
in promoting Opera IX… The deal was made just for 1 album. This was
by us ‘cause we wanted to be free to look around us and see what would
happened during the year. I think that Shiver, according to its
possibilities, did a quite good work, but we merited something more…
Autumn 1999 we accepted the offer of Avantgarde Music that finally gave
the right budget for the recordings and the proper promotion.
Now you have been with Avantgarde Music about a year I
think. What do you think of them so far?
Answer: We are very satisfied of it, the CD is well promoted and distributed,
label is serious and works professionally. I think the union of Opera
and Avantgarde Music’s forces is an winning mixture.
It has soon been a year since you recorded your third
and latest album "The Black Opera: Symphoniae
Mysteriorum in Laudem Tenebrarum". What is going on
with Opera IX at the moment? What will your next album
Answer: The Black Opera was recorded in January 2000 and was out in May.
the new album will be released in September 2001. It will contain 6 or
songs, actually only three are totally finished and they sound really
strange. We really didn’t put any limit to our minds. The sound is
100% Opera IX but there are many influences from classical heavy metal
what concerns the guitar riffs and the vocals too, while keyboards are
always symphonic and majestic. There will not be a concept album even
many lyrics deal with the same matters: witchcraft and magic. It will
Do you have a philosophy of life that you try to live
Answer: All Opera IX members are involved in occultism and are interested in
traditions and legends, but everyone of us interprets occultism in
way. Personally I believe in myself and in the power of my mind, soul,
spirit. I believe in the possibility to open new dimensions far from
I suppose that at least most of the Opera IX band
members have regular jobs beside the music. Would you
like to tell us what you do when you´re not working
with the band?
Answer: Yes, infortunately we cannot live with music only and everyone has a
except Lunaris who studies. I manage human resources in a
company and in the meantime I study at university. Flegias is a
Ossian makes jewels, Vlad I didn’t understand yet what he does.
What do you think about the metal scene in Italy
today? I know of bands like Rhapsody/Luca
Turilli/Vision Divine, Athena, Labyrinth, Power
Symphony etc. but heavier and ground-breaking bands
like Opera IX seem to be rare. Do you have any Italian
favorites that you think deserve to be mentioned?
Answer: No one except for Opera IX.
What kind of music do you listen to? What are your top
five bands ever, I suspect Iron Maiden is one of them?
Answer: I listen to many kinds of music from metal to Italian melodrama, I have
fave bands but I like to listen to Mercyful Fate, Marilyn Manson, My
Bride, Dissection, At the Gates, Devil Doll...
Are the members of Opera IX "real" friends or do you
only meet to compose music?
Answer: We are all true friends and we meet each other also out of the
I know you have studied at the university (as I will
be doing soon as well...). What did you study and what
did you get out of it?
Answer: I study story and criticism of cinema, I have two examinations left and
I will get the degree. Then I will think about what I want to do in my
Do you have any thoughts on humanity and the way the
world looks today?
Answer: I think a bit more respect of human beings, of Nature and of personal
freedom would be enough.
What do you think of the Italian society in general?
Answer: I like alot to live in Italy. Italians are generous people.
Is there any chance of seeing you playing live in
Answer: There are no pans for a tour in winter, we must take a decision about
offer we received to tour Europe in April. Time will tell.
Any final comments?
Answer: Just a thanks for this interview and an invitation to continue to
Opera IX and to visit www.operaIX.org
Links of interest:
Opera IX official website
Avantgarde Music (the band´s label)