Cast announced for Aurora’s double-bill opera night in Gozo

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Cast announced for Aurora's double-bill opera night in Gozo40 years of Opera in Gozo is being celebrated by the Aurora Opera House, on Saturday, the 14th of October, with a double-pill production of ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ [1890] by Pietro Mascagni and ‘I Pagliacci’ [1892] by Ruggero Leoncavallo.

The opera house has just announced the cast for these productions. Cavalleria will open the night with Alberto Mastromarino as Alfio and the Chilean opera star and Cultural Ambassador to UNESCO World Heritage Giancarlo Monsalve, in the role of Turiddu.

Mastromarino has just had a resounding success at the Aurora Opera House when he appeared in the Gaulitana production of Madama Butterfly.

Monsalve will be debuting at the Aurora adding it to a list of houses that includes The Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, the Verona Arena, the National Opera in Washington and a host of other major opera houses in Latin America, central Europe and Asia.

Joanna Parisi leads the female cast as Santuzza, flanked by Maltese mezzos, Christine Dalli – Lola and Graziella Debattista – Mamma Lucia.

This will be followed by Pagliacci – with Mastromarino and Monsalve being the only two common members of the cast. They will interpret Tonio and Canio respectively.

Marzio Giossi, now a household name with the Aurora audiences is set to return as Silvio. Malta’s own Cliff Zammit Stevens will debut at the Aurora as Peppe. The only female in the Pagliacci cast will be the renowned Elena Kelessidi.

Cavalleria and Pagliacci, though unrelated, have both been conceived and composed in the late nineteenth century, and true to the verista movement, speak of common people and folk themes, ambienced in a very humble and sublime southern-Italy/Sicily.

The Aurora said that they have been revolutionary in the subject they addressed and the musical style they were composed in.

For the Aurora they will also bring something new, as it has engaged Gianmaria Romagnoli as an artistic director. “Romagnoli promises a new take on these two operas with particular care to fine detail that makes the libretto a true literary masterpiece. He is being entrusted with artistic direction, set and lights design,” the Aurora said.

It added that “this brought to a very amiable end, the 40-year old relationship between the opera house and the Tabili family who, through Flavia (the first soprano in 1977) and Novella (the artistic director until 2016) has walked all the way through the opera-in-Gozo’s first four decades.”

The Aurora said that in addition to tickets at €45, €60, €70 and €80, it is for the first time, asking patrons to order their compliments from the comfort of their homes, including: shuttle transport or taxi service to and from the theatre, prepaid souvenir programme, exclusive vin d’honneur and priority lift access.

This, together with seat online booking, can be accessed on Assistance for seat booking can be found by calling 79045779.

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