Kolbe: New rock-opera at Don Bosco Oratory Theatre

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Kolbe: New rock-opera at Don Bosco Oratory TheatreLast rehearsals and preparations are in full swing at the Don Bosco Oratory Theatre of Victoria, where a new rock-opera in Maltese – Kolbe – will be staged in the coming days. It is being produced on the 75th anniversary from the death of St. Maximillian Kolbe in Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during World War II.

`Kolbe’ is inspired by this hero’s staunch faith and his devotion to the Blessed Virgin. His story is entwined with the values of solidarity, inclusion, peace and freedom – values which are still pertinent to today’s society.

This new rock-opera is being staged for the first time at the Don Bosco Oratory Theatre on Saturday 11th March at 7.30pm, with a repeat performance on Sunday 12th March at 2.30pm (matinee show) and a last performance on the following Saturday 18th March at 7.30pm.

The organisers said that this rock-opera will surely be one of the best musical productions ever to be staged at the Don Bosco Oratory of Gozo.

`Kolbe’ is a 2-hour non-stop musical production of song and dance performed by a 100-strong cast. The show’s music, includes different styles of music for singers and choirs ranging from ballads to rock, folk, blues, as well as other styles.

The best Gozitan talent will be show-cased in this rock-opera. In fact the main characters will be interpreted by Ruth Portelli, Mario Caruana, Jamie Camilleri and Lara Xerri Mompalao.

Other singers include Sarah Bonnici, Maria Cassar, Fabian Galea, Angelica Portelli and Mario Portelli. The original score of the rock-opera is written by Italian song-writer Daniele Ricci, whilst vocal arrangements were left in the able hands of Mario Caruana and Evelyn Bonnici. Saviour Cremona is the artistic director of the show.

Booking is now open. Tickets for `Kolbe’ can be obtained from the Don Bosco Oratory of Gozo, or else by phoning on 21556616 or 99487751. Booking can also be made by e-mail on odbgozo@yahoo.com

For the benefit of English-speaking patrons, the official publication of this production will carry a resume’ of the story as well as other special notes in English.

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