Despite a population of only 30,000 souls, 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 2017
1st April 2017 – Aurora Theatre
Puccini’s opera Madama Butterfly will be held at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora on April 1st 2017. 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 Gaulitana festival.
Booking for Madama Butterfly is open, directly online on www.teatruaurora.com or via ticket helpline 79045779.
Cavelleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci
14th October 2017 – Aurora Theatre
On the 14th October, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci will be presented at the Aurora Theatre. It is a period of special anniversaries for the Aurora as 2016 marked the 40th anniversary from the opening of the opera house that gave birth to opera in Gozo, while 2017 marks the 40th anniversary from the first ever opera in Gozo. Aurora chose to celebrate this anniversary with two operas – a double bill, on the same night.
Online booking on www.teatruaurora.com
Lucia di Lammermoor
28th October 2017 – Astra Theatre
The opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor will be proudly presented by Teatru Astra on the 26 and 28 October 2017.
Lucia di Lammermoor is a dramma tragico (tragic opera) in three acts by Gaetano Donizetti. Salvadore Cammarano wrote the Italian language libretto loosely based upon Sir Walter Scott’s historical novel The Bride of Lammermoor. The story concerns the emotionally fragile Lucy Ashton (Lucia) who is caught in a feud between her own family and that of the Ravenswoods. The setting is the Lammermuir Hills of Scotland (Lammermoor) in the 17th century.
Enrico Stinchelli, of La Barcaccia fame, will once again be responsible for the artistic production while Joseph Vella, Astra Theatre’s Musical Director, will be directing the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the two performances.
The opera, which is part of the sixteenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, a festival of arts and culture in Gozo, is produced in collaboration with the Gozo Support Cultural Fund managed by the Malta Arts Council.
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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