Verdi’s Rigoletto is the highlight of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music 2015

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Verdi’s Rigoletto is the highlight of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music 2015Following on from last year’s successful Tosca, the full-scale production of one of Giuseppe Verdi’s most-popular operas, Rigoletto, will be the highlight of the 2015 edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music.

This annual springtime festival which is now in its 9th edition, is organised by the Gaulitanus Choir and consists of a series of eclectic concerts by international and local artists, taking place between the 11th of April and the 24th of May.

The opera features an international cast supported by an enlarged Gaulitanus Choir and accompanied by the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Gaulitanus’ musical director and Gaulitana’s artistic director Colin Attard.

The production will again be entrusted to acclaimed Italian Enrico Castiglione, who is also responsible for the design of the sets. The costumes are designed by Sonia Cammarata. Castiglione will be bringing to our shores the same production broadcast by Rai Mondovisione throughout cinemas worldwide in 2013.

The opera will be held at Gozo’s Teatru tal-Opra Aurora on Friday, the 22nd of May, starting at 8.00pm. While more details will be issued in due course, bookings can be made on gaulitanafestival@gmail.com, on 79045779 or online on www.teatruaurora.com.

Meanwhile the festival’s full programme will be issued shortly, starting on Saturday, the 11th of April, with a semi-staged version of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s best-loved musical, ‘The Sound of Music.’

A number of local soloists and the Gaulitanus Choir will be joined by the visiting London-based Keats String Quartet and Gaulitanus resident pianist Stephen Attard. Colin Attard will conduct with Gaulitanus’ own British artist Terry Shaw producing.

A grand sacred concert by the UK’s Wycliffe Choral Society, performing Beethoven’s Mass in C and Poulenc’s Gloria, brings the festival – which is also celebrating the Gaulitanus Choir’s 25th anniversary – to an end on Sunday, the 24th of May.

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