Soprano Burcu Uyar leads the cast in Lucia di Lamermoor at the Astra
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The Astra Theatre in Gozo, has announced “a top tier” cast for the upcoming Donizetti’s all-time favourite, Lucia di Lamermoor being presented in October.
The role of Lucia will be interpreted by soprano Burcu Uyar, whose outstanding rich-timbered voice, commanding impressive reserves of strength and a nobility of emission, and an impeccable intonation, have made her an automatic choice with flagship theatres for this tragic role, the Astra said.
Flanking her is Giulio Pelligra (Edgardo), an absolute joy to listen to, product of the real Italian school, blessed with a highly-placed and bright ringing tone, a direct hit with opera audiences worldwide. The Astra said that Pelligra has been hailed as one of the most exciting tenors of his generation.
The bel canto age is synonymous with charm, grace, elegance, superb phrasing, a wide palette of colours and nuances: that’s what Boris Pinkhasovich stands for. The Astra Theatre said that a Russian baritone with the quintessential native timbre, “Pinkhasovich has been a sensation with his superb and intense interpretations of Enrico, combining magnificence with elegance to a very high degree.”
It added that,”in a very welcome return to the Astra boards, Dario Russo (Raimondo), whose magisterial interpretation of Oroveso – among other roles – displayed the grandeur of his timbre coupled with towering presence.”
Cliff Zammit Stevens, whose credentials are second to none in bel canto roles, has been entrusted with the role of Arturo.
The Theatre remarked that “possessing an effortless beautiful tenor voice and an endearing personality, Zammit Stevens is set to blend seamlessly with the principals, guaranteeing a Lucia to remember.”
Secondary roles are being taken up by Marvic Monreal (Alice) and Bernard Busuttil (Normanno).
Lucia, which opens the sixteenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, will performed in a double representation on Thursday, the 26th and Saturday, the 28th of October at 7.30pm and is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Fund.
Online booking and more information is available on www.teatruastra.org.mt and helpdesk number +2155 0985.