SPOLETO, Italy (AP) _ An Argentinean composer, Oscar Strasnoy, has won Italy's Orpheus 2000 prize for new chamber opera, it was announced Thursday.

Strasnoy, a 30-year-old Buenos Aires native, was awarded for his opera ``Midea (2),'' a reworking of an ancient Greek myth.

The jury described the opera's music as ``rich in refined details'' and praised the piece for doing well ``at maintaining the lengthy pace of opera.'' It said the opera is relevant to modern life because it ``focuses on the struggle of minorities.''

The biannual International New Chamber Opera Competition, or Orpheus, is organized by Spoleto's Experimental Lyrical Theater Adriano Belli of Spoleto. ``Midea (2)'' will premiere at the theater in September.

Strasnoy's compositions have been performed at the Biennial Festival of Berlin, at the Pompidou Center in Paris and at the Illigen Festival in Germany,

He also been commissioned by the Philharmonic Orchestra of Radio France, the Yamaha Foundation and by the Strasbourg Music Festival.