Tiziana DellaRovere

Poet, Librettist, Author

Librettos for operas

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Praise for Tiziana’s opera work

“Generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate… Contemporary opera is alive in Oregon, and not just that, it’s vital, addressing contemporary issues with determination and compassion.”
The Oregonian

“Its messages are loud and clear and humane, and the art is fine enough to carry them. We need compassion, not competition when it comes to relationships. Not only can Tango of the White Gardenia turn people onto the sometimes-alienating ancient art form of opera, it also suggests that we can become better people.”
Oregon ArtsWatch

Poetry for large music collaborations

Praise for Tiziana’s poetry

REVIEW: The Meaning of Love inspires a journey through the sublime
The Meaning of Love, presented with a touch of splendor at SOU’s Recital Hall on Sunday, Feb. 18, was a journey through the sublime. It shone like a multifaceted diamond of music and poetry, capturing the light, beauty, and kaleidoscopic visions of love in several of its mysterious forms… There were also three mystical poems by Ashland’s unofficial poet laureate, Tiziana DellaRovere… [Ethan] Gans-Morse’s score and [Tiziana] DellaRovere’s words hold hands, moving the listener away from devastation to a place of hope.


Tiziana performs her poem Your Beauty is My Beauty with Dr. Lesa Terry, and then her poetry is performed as a vocal duet by Lindsay Abdou Patterson and Brooke Iva Lohman. Watch more HERE.

Tiziana discusses the poetry she wrote for the program symphony How Can You Own The Sky? in this short documentary.

A two-minute trailer for Tiziana’s newest opera, Dreams Have No Borders, which will be released as a film under the direction of Emmy-winner Jan Thompson. Learn more HERE.

A four-minute trailer for Tiziana’s first opera, The Canticle of the Black Madonna. Learn more HERE.

About Tiziana

Born in Milan, Italy, Tiziana DellaRovere is an accomplished writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. She has written three librettos for operas by composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poetry for their program symphony, How Can You Own The Sky?, their oratorio of Covid pandemic stories, Six Feet Apart, and numerous art songs and choral collaborations.

Tiziana’s writings flow from her convictions about the cultivation of love as a fierce, courageous and down-to-earth power that can heal the heart of humanity and transform the social structure of our world. In all of her collaborations with Ethan, the healing power of love is presented experientially as a living, tangible connection with the vibrant life-force that each person carries within.

Tiziana dedicates her writings and visual art to highlighting contemporary issues of social justice, equality, and inclusion. In addition to her work as poet and librettist, Tiziana is a published author whose works explore the rebalancing of the archetypal masculine and feminine, as in her books Sacred Fire: Rites of Passage and Rituals of Worship, Adorata: The Path of Enlovenment, Adorata: The Codes of Love, and her upcoming The Sacred Lovers Within.

Tiziana studied law and philosophy in Milan, painting and sculpture at the California College of Arts and Crafts, and clinical psychology at San Francisco State University. Tiziana loves nature, gardening, and animals (particularly cats!) Her writing, teachings, and paintings are unified in her devotion to bringing the mystical experience of the sacred into everyday life.

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