Behind the Opera Curtain: Teatru Astra & Manoel Theatre opera workshop

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Behind the Opera Curtain: Teatru Astra & Manoel Theatre opera workshopTeatru Astra has just announced its latest educational initiative, ‘Behind the Opera Curtain,’ a free workshop with directors and soloists from Teatru Astra’s forthcoming production of Nabucco.

Aimed at opera lovers, singers and students, the workshop will be held at the Studio Theatre within Teatru Manoel, Valletta next Monday, the 13th of October 2014, starting at 5.30pm and the duration will be 2-3 hours.

Artistic Director, Enrico Stinchelli, the Musical Director, Joseph Vella and the lead singers of the forthcoming Nabucco, namely Baritone Piero Terranova, Mezzo-Soprano Olga Sliepnova, Bass Carlo Colombara and local tenor, Cliff Zammit Stevens will be participating in this workshop.

The Artistic Director will talk about operatic stage production in general but with particular reference to NABUCCO. The talk will be illustrated (and followed) by live illustrations from the singers who will sing arias mainly from Nabucco. The Musical Director will also briefly put all the details in context.

Limited capacity so booking is essential. Booking can be made on email or tel: 2124 6389.

The workshop at the Manoel Theatre is supported by the Bank of Valletta.

This year’s Nabucco at the Astra Theatre will feature another formidable cast of solo singers: baritone Piero Terranova in the title role, soprano Silvia dalla Benetta in the role of Abigaille, world-famous bass Carlo Colombara in the role of Zaccaria, Olga Sliepnova interprets the role of Fenena, while Maltese tenor Cliff Zammit-Stevens, who will be making his operatic debut in a leading role, sings Ismaele.

The musical director is Professor Joseph Vella, while the artistic direction has, once again, been entrusted to Enrico Stinchelli. Nabucco is part of the thirteen edition of Festival Mediterranea, a unique endeavour and the only festival of its kind on the Maltese islands, combining high culture with the production of an Italian opera in conjunction with traditional fare.

Information on the opera and other festival events is available on the website, or the festival helpdesk on 21550985, 79256897 or email

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