Gaulitana – A Festival of Music

  • Sat, 25th Feb 2017 to Sun, 2nd Apr 2017

GAULITANA: A FESTIVAL OF MUSIC 2017

Gaulitanus Choir is proud to announce the 11th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Running from 25 February until 2 April, 2017, “Gozo’s main classical festival” will feature a multifarious programme of events in various genres and styles.

The highlight will be Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly, being held at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora on April 1. The full-scale production will present Malta’s internationally acclaimed soprano Miriam Gauci in the lead role. Colin Attard will direct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. The opera night will be part of the OPERA+ Weekend – an intensive programme of events concluding the festival.

In line with the Gaulitana‘s organic nature, the upcoming edition will present a number of innovative features. Alexander Frey, a top international versatile musician defined by Leonard Berstein as “a wonderful spirit” will be Artist-In-Residence. Lunchtime concerts intended particularly for civil servants and a number of talks will be incorporated in the festival schedule. Gaulitana will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, defined by Puccini as the “greatest hope of German music” and regarded as one of the founders of film music.

Following on last year’s successful venture, the festival will offer once again an Educational Programme including #Opera4me.

Booking for Madama Butterfly is open, directly online on www.teatruaurora.com or via ticket helpline 79045779.

The festival is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo.

 

Programme of events (updated)

Thu 23/3        12.35hrs

VIOLA AND PIANO CINCIN ENCORES
DUO COMUZZI – CURTI GIARDINA Viola/Piano – Italy
Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

 

Fri 24/3        19.30hrs

SUITE ITALIANA
DUO COMUZZI – CURTI GIARDINA Viola/Piano – Italy
Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

 

Sat 25/3       19.30hrs       

WOODWIND COLOURS
TRIO INCANTARE Flute/Oboe/Piano – Austria
Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

 

Sun 26/3      19.30hrs

VIOLIN AND POET… A CAPPELLA
REGGIE CLEWS – ALFRED GRECH – Malta
Rotunda Church Museum, Xewkija

 

OPERA+ Weekend

 Fri 31/3        19.30hrs

ROMANTICISM AND BEYOND
GRAN DUO ITALIANO Violin/Piano – Italy
Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

 

Sat 01/4     12.00hrs  

FOOD, WINE AND MUSIC
GEORGE BORG Chef

TA’ VERNA DUO Accordion/Guitar – Malta
Vini e Capricci, Xewkija

 

 Sat 01/4    19.30hrs

MADAMA BUTTERFLY: 2-ACT OPERA BY GIACOMO PUCCINI

MIRIAM GAUCI Soprano
VINCENZO COSTANZO Tenor
ALBERTO MASTROMARINO Baritone
ROSSANA RINALDI Mezzo-soprano
GAULITANUS CHOIR
MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
ENRICO CASTIGLIONE Director
COLIN ATTARD Conductor – Malta/Italy
Teatru tal-Opra Aurora, Victoria

 (Pre-opera talk – Albert G. Storace – 18.30hrs)

(Post-opera dinner with the opera stars – Vini e Capricci, Xewkija)

Click here to book your opera tickets

 

 Sun 02/4    11.00hrs

SILVERY SOUNDS BEFORE LUNCH
MINA GHOBRIAL Flute
ANGELA MELUSO Piano – Egypt/Italy
Ministry for Gozo Hall, Victoria

Sun 02/4    19.30hrs

FINALE – CON GIOIA!
MINA GHOBRIAL Flute
MAURO TORTORELLI Violin
GAULITANA STRING ORCHESTRA
COLIN ATTARD Conductor Egypt/Italy/Malta
St Francis Church, Victoria

Concerts (except for opera & food events) are free of charge

 Reserved seating for musical & finale available @ €5

 Further info: [email protected] |www.gaulitanus.com