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 2018
28th April 2018 – Aurora Theatre
Gaulitana: A Festival of Music announces Bellini’s opera Norma as the highlight of the 2018 festival edition. Enrico Castiglione will return to direct the opera, with costumes designed by Sonia Cammarata. Colin Attard will conduct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. Norma will be part of the OPERA+ Weekend, an intensive programme of musical events concluding the festival; a feast for travellers who wish to combine their passion for music with a tranquil stay in a Mediterranean setting. More information and programme details on: www.gaulitanus.com.
13th October 2018 – Aurora Theatre
Aurora Theatre presents Giacomo Puccini’s timeless classic, Tosca. The story tells of a dangerous love triangle between the glamorous opera singer Floria Tosca, the love-driven painter Mario Cavaradossi, and one of opera’s most memorable villains – the police chief Baron Scarpia. Melodrama and lyrical arias haunt this enduring masterpiece. The Aurora Theatre, in Victoria, is an exquisite performance space housed inside a regal nineteenth Century Villa. Designed by architect Louis Naudi, and ornately decorated by venerated local artist Chev. Emvin Cremona, the Aurora Theatre has been a prime location for critically acclaimed operas since its inauguration in 1976. Since then, the venue has hosted several fine performances, including Georges Bizet’s Carmen and Giacomo Puccini’s Madame Butterfly. Tosca is this year’s highlight performance at Aurora, which promises to be an unmissable experience full of emotions.
Online booking on www.teatruaurora.com
25th and 27th October 2018 – Astra Theatre
Love knocks unbidden: the result is La Traviata!
Gabriele D’Annunzio’s telegraphic phrase about Verdi, “colui che pianse ed amó per tutti” (he wept and loved for all), sums up in a nutshell the Maestro’s genius and flair. D’Annunzio’s telling phrase, himself no newcomer to love and tears, says it all about La Traviata. Perhaps in no other of his operas as in the magnetic La Traviata does Verdi concentrate the essence of his genius as a supreme interpreter of the human condition in all its strengths and weaknesses. Making full use of his dramatic prowess and intuitive sense of irony, Verdi’s immortal score plumbs the depths of waywardness and redemption through love. Yet, there is no escaping the terrible truth that there is no redemption without the shedding of blood, be it physical or spiritual. La Traviata rises phoenix-like from the smouldering ashes of sacrificial love as a perennial testimony to the unequalled strength of the “weaker” sex. Indeed, nothing can stand in the way of the wilting Violet! It is not by chance that the tragic heroine’s name is Violetta but by design. And what a design! No head is more beautiful as that which is bowed down. No wonder that Verdi lavished some of his most glorious music on Enrico Maria Piave’s libretto based on Alexander Dumas play La Dame aux Camelias. Indeed, not only Violetta can be easily placed alongside the towering heroines of classic tragedies of all time, but the whole opera enjoys an undisputed pride of place, among Verdi’s prolific output and in the wider world of Italian opera.
La Traviata is timeless.
The management is going the extra mile to ensure a memorable La Traviata. Enrico Stinchelli will be laying on an entirely new production specifically designed for the Teatru Astra boards under the musical direction of Joseph Vella.
La Traviata, the flagship of Festival Mediterranea 2018 will be performed on the 25th and 27th October 2018. The opera is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme.
Booking arrangements can be made on helpdesk number +356 21550985 or on email [email protected]iterranea.com.mt.
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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