Opera IX is an Italian pagan symphonic black metal band, founded in the city of Biella by the guitarist Ossian, in 1988.
In 1990 the band made the first demo tape "Gothik". There were many line-up changes, eventually settling with Cadaveria's vocals, Ossian at guitar, Vlad at bass and Flegias at drums. The band's early occult metal sound was switched to a mix of Gothic, death, and black metal. The second demo, which contained 4 songs, led to a contract for a 7" EP, which came out in 1993. The first 500 copies were sold out in 2 months. In the meantime, the band filmed "The Triumph Of The Death" containing 2 videos: Born In The Grave and The Red Death.