Gozo Opera supported by BOV: Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci
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The Leone Philharmonic Society will be receiving support from the Bank of Valletta for its double-bill representation of Cavalleria Rusticana and I Pagliacci, being performed at the Aurora Theatre in Gozo on the 14th of October.
This was announced during a press conference which was addressed by Mario Mallia, the Bank’s CEO and Dr Michael Caruana, President of Leone Philharmonic Society.
Also present were Ms Esther Bajada Director for Tourism and Economic Development within the Ministry for Gozo and Ms Elaine Falzon from Arts Council Malta, the two entities running the Gozo Cultural Support Programme.
Mario Mallia spoke about the importance of nourishing the islands’ cultural portfolio, “It gives me great satisfaction to announce our support towards this representation by the Leone Philharmonic Society and Aurora Opera House. This year, the audience will enjoy two representations, which will be performed together on this Theatre for the very first time.”
He also remarked that several of the cast members lined up are local talents, saying that the Theatre is providing the means for them to showcase their skills alongside their international peers, thereby helping their artistic development.
Dr Michael Caruana thanked BOV for its ongoing support, which has helped to secure a future for the theatre and the lyric opera in Gozo.
He said that “aside of Government funding which has been largely consistent, it is time for opera in Gozo, which turns 40 years old this year, to realise its full potential in that it may become a prominent marketing and advertising platform for companies and business organisations. This will help opera in Gozo become more sustainable in the long run.”
Matthew Sultana, Aurora Secretary presented details of the cast and production. Then, Esther Bajada underlined the importance of the opera-in-Gozo phenomenon that makes Gozo in autumn as busy and attractive as Gozo in the summer season.
From a cultural point of view, Elaine Falzon explained how the Gozo Cultural Support Programme – a joint initiative between Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo – is intended to support the opera production from financial, technical and administrative aspects with which, for instance, capacity building and organisational strategies may be improved.