OPERA+ Weekend to close this year’s edition of Gaulitana in Gozo
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The OPERA+ Weekend at the end of the month closes the 2018 edition of Gaulitana. The 3 days of cultural bonanza gets underway on Friday, the 27th of April at 8.00pm with a guitar recital at the Ggantija Temples.
French artist Kevin Moindaze returns to the festival for a unique event as the temples – illuminated purposely for the concert, ensuring a pan-spiritual journey.
On Saturday, the 28th at 11.00am, events start with Artistic Insights and Curator’s Tour. At the Ggantija Resource Centre, opera director Enrico Castiglione delves on how his Norma set designs are inspired by Gozo’s prime heritage location, the Ggantija Temples.
Well-known photographer Gozitan Daniel Cilia, former leader of photographic department at the Art Institute in Florence, illustrates Ggantija through his camera lens along the years.
Daphne M Sant Caruana, the curator of the UNESCO world-heritage site, will then lead a tour of the temples.
On Saturday evening, Bellini’s Norma will be staged at the Aurora Opera House at 7.30pm. Featuring a stellar cast with Amarilli Nizza, Stefan Pop and Anna Maria Chiuri, the production will be directed by Enrico Castiglione with costume-designs by Sonia Cammarata. Colin Attard conducts the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and Gaulitanus Choir.
Norma will be surtitled in English. A pre-opera talk by critic Albert G Storace commences at 6.45pm.
The Finale of this year’s Gaulitana’s is scheduled for Sunday, the 29th at the Church of St Francis in Victoria.
Saxophonist Philip Attard, overall winner of the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition in 2016 in the Wind and Percussion category will be performing the Glazunov Concerto, and Kevin Moindaze interprets the Giuliani Guitar Concerto.
The programme also features Elgar’s Serenade for Strings and Bartok’s popular Romanian Dances.
Bookings for Norma are available on www.teatruaurora.com or via ticket hotline 79045779.
Complimentary tickets for the events at Ggantija be obtained from Ggantija Interpretation Centre/Gozo Museum of Archaeology(Cittadella).
Entry can only be granted on presentation of a ticket as a limited number of places are available.
Gaulitana 2018 is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo, Valletta 2018 and Heritage Malta.