OPERA+ Weekend with events at Ggantija Temples and `Norma’

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OPERA+ Weekend with events at Ggantija Temples and `Norma'Next weekend is the much talked about – OPERA+ Weekend – for the close of this year’s edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music.

Taking place between the 27-29th of April, the three days of cultural bonanza commence on Friday at 8.00pm with a guitar recital at the Ggantija Temples in Xaghra.

French artist Kevin Moindaze returns to the Festival for a unique event ensuring a pan-spiritual journey. The temples will be lit up especially for the concert and patrons will be seated during the event.

Then on Saturday, at 11.00am this special weekend continues with Artistic Insights and Curator’s Tour.

At the Ggantija Resource Centre, opera director Enrico Castiglione will explain how his Norma set-designs are inspired by Gozo’s prime heritage location, the Ggantija Temples.

Well-known photographer Daniel Cilia, former leader of photographic department at the Art Institute in Florence, illustrates Ggantija along the years, through his camera lens.

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, stating at 7.30pm.

This popular opera will feature 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 6.30pm.

Gaulitana’s Finale is scheduled for Sunday, in a change to the original advertised venue, it will now take place at the Sannat Parish Church starting at 8.00pm.

Saxophonist Philip Attard, overall winner of the prestigious Royal Overseas League Competition in 2016 in the Wind and Percussion category will perform the Glazunov Concerto whereas 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. A shuttle service for the opera must be pre-booked by emailing gaulitanafestival@gmail.com

Complimentary tickets for the events at Ggantija can be obtained from the Ggantija Interpretation Centre/Gozo Museum of Archaeology(Citadel).

Entry to the Ggantija events can only be granted on presentation of a ticket as a limited number of places are available.

Bookings for reserved seating and vin d’honneur are available for the Finale.

Gaulitana 2018 is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo, Valletta 2018 and Heritage Malta.

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