Despite having just 30,000 inhabitants, the island of Gozo has two opera houses in Ir-Rabat , the Astra Theatre and the Aurora Opera House. Each puts on at least one fully staged opera a year, often with international soloists. Infact, this opera season is now a regular appointment for opera enthusiasts.
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Gozo Opera Season for 2019
6th April 2019 – Aurora Theatre
Gaulitanus Choir is proud to announce the highlight of the 13th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music – Giacomo Puccini’s Manon Lescaut. This opera production will take place at the Aurora Theatre on April 6, 2019. “Gozo’s main classical festival” will feature a multifarious programme of events in various genres and styles. Miriam Gauci is set to grace the stage once again in 2019 in the title-role of Puccini’s opera. The internationally renowned Maltese soprano will return to Gaulitana following the “triumphant and touching” Madama Butterfly of 2017.
12th October 2019 – Aurora Theatre
Teatru tal-Opra Aurora presents Giacomo Puccini’s 4-act opera La Bohème. The passionate, timeless, and indelible story of love among young artists in Paris, can stake its claim as the world’s most popular opera. At first glance, La Bohème is the definitive depiction of the joys and sorrows of love and loss; on closer inspection, it reveals the deep emotional significance hidden in the trivial things – a bonnet, an old overcoat, a chance meeting with a neighbour – that make up our everyday lives. Colin Attard directs the Malta Philarmonic Orchestra, Aurora Opera Chorus and an international cast.
Online booking on www.teatruaurora.com
24th and 26th October 2019 – Astra Theatre
Astra Opera Theatre presents Il Trovatore, Giuseppe Verdi’s 1853 spellbinder of Opera’s Golden Age. Il Trovatore is a perfect storm of excitement: a poignant human story spiked with ferocious drama and fraught with conflicting deep seated emotions and sharpened resolve. It is a winner from the word go. Verdi created his most glorious music, mixing gallantry with the ethereal, to reach truly astonishing heights. His genius for the dramatic shines forth, undimmed throughout. In ‘Il Trovatore’ he never nods; his flair for the exquisitely melodious never lacks. Il Trovatore is indeed a top crowd puller, as only a few are.
Il Trovatore, the flagship of Festival Mediterranea 2018 will be performed on the 24th and 26th October 2018.
Booking arrangements can be made on helpdesk number +356 21550985 or on email [email protected].
Online booking and more information on the opera and Festival is available on www.teatruastra.org.mt.
“If only English National opera and Covent Garden had that sense of cutthroat competition, how much edgier London’s operatic life would be.” Opera Now, April 2014.
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