Book online for Verdi’s final act, Falstaff at the Aurora, Gozo

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Book online for Verdi’s final act, Falstaff at the Aurora, GozoVerdi’s bicentennial birthday is fast approaching and the Aurora Opera House said that it is busily working towards bringing his final opera, composed in his ninth decade, for its first performance in Gozo.

“Verdi’s third attempt at a Shakespearean plot, Falstaff is his first and only comic opera, so patrons are in for a hearty laugh at the Aurora this year. As the saying goes, laughter is (always!) the best medicine,” the theatre said.

In addition to other major infrastructural works which is being undertaken at the Aurora, this Gozitan theatre has also revamped its online website, with an online ticket-purchasing system.

Opera lovers may now log onto the now tri-lingual www.teatruaurora.com, search for Falstaff, and buy their preferred over the internet via a high-security payment gateway. Patrons will then be asked to print their own tickets. However, those who have already secured their seats and are in possession of their tickets need not reconfirm or reprint their tickets as the ones they hold are equally valid.

The performance of Falstaff at the Aurora Theatre is taking place on Saturday, the 12th of October 12th 2013 at 7.30pm and opera patrons are urged to secure their seats at their earliest possible.

The theatre said that Falstaff, with an intricate plot inspired by Shakespearean literary works, is not only music for the ears but also a feast for the eyes. Indeed, it is the opera “to be seen.”

Tickets may be purchased online, but enquiries might still be dealt with either at the theatre’s Box Office, (21559452) or via email on info@leone.org.mt.

The full cast for this year’s Falstaff will be announced shortly. The Aurora theatre is proud to have secured the services of world-renowned Italian baritone Paolo Gavanelli who will be carrying the title role.

“In the world of opera, Gavanelli has been lauded as “the foremost Verdi baritone of his generation – arguably the only truly authentic representative of this apparently dying breed active today” (Hugh Canning, Musicologist), being given exceptional reviews for his performances at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden,” the theatre concluded.

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