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 2020
10th October 2020 – Aurora Theatre
Triumphant in all senses, Verdi’s everlasting masterpiece with heart melting arias and rousing choruses that withstood the test of time returns to the Aurora after 11 years, for the third time. Aida marks the opening of the 2020-21 theatre season in Gozo.
Aida2020 is being supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme by Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo.
Online booking on www.teatruaurora.com
29th and 31st October 2020 – Astra Theatre
Teatru Astra’s offering for the 2020 Opera month will feature Bizet’s captivating masterpiece of passion, jealousy and betrayal – Carmen. It has been said that the world of opera has plenty of femmes fatales, but there is only one Carmen, with her vibrant sensuality as the gypsy cigarette girl with too great a capacity for love. This ever-popular opera is well known for its cluster of magnetic melodic inventiveness that have captivated audiences worldwide. Next year, Teatru Astra will thus be providing an ideal opportunity to introduce new fans to the thrill of operatic drama par excellence intertwined with the sensually endearing characters studding this spectacular opera. A double performance of Carmen, which will also kick star the nineteenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, is being scheduled on the 29 and 31 October 2020. Teatru Astra is a beneficiary of the Gozo Cultural Support Programme.
Booking arrangements can be made on help desk 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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