Opera director Vivien Hewitt behind new production of Tosca in Gozo
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The Aurora Opera House has announced that, “world-famous opera director” Vivien Hewitt will be behind a new production of
Tosca this October in Gozo.
They said said that, an all-time favourite, Puccini’s Tosca returns to the Aurora Opera House this October with Vivien Hewitt, the
award-winning opera director, renowned for her Puccini expertise.
With over 50 opera productions to her credit in Europe, Asia, Latin America and USA, her expertise extends to costume and light design.
Born in Ireland, Vivien now lives in Italy, but her work takes her all over the world. Her latest stagings include La Bohème for Sugi
Opera in Seoul, two different productions of Madama Butterfly for the Puccini Festival and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, Il Barbiere
di Siviglia for the Carlo Felice, Tosca at the 5000 seat Yonsei Arena in Seoul, The Fairy Queen in Florence and Rigoletto at Seoul Arts
At the Puccini Festival’s 3,400 seat open-air theatre in Torre del Lago she has directed Madama Butterfly, Edgar, Tosca, Gianni
Schicchi and Suor Angelica.
Her Madama Butterfly, designed by famous Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda and the Florentine fashion designer Regina Schrecker, is the most
widely acclaimed and longest running production in the 64-year history of the Festival.
Due for revival this summer, it has been on the bill in Torre del Lago in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2012 and 2016. It has been
viewed by no less than 120,000 spectators.
The Opera House continued by saying that Hewitt’s extensive star-studded CV brings to the Aurora in Gozo an exceptional comparative
advantage, even in costume and set design, as well as the choice of the cast itself, which will be announced in due course.
“With outstanding experience in televised and live-streamed productions, TV and cinema documentaries, teaching activity, Hewitt
promises to bring the power of authenticity, beauty, harmony, elegance and emotional intensity in this Tosca production.”
Vivien Hewitt remarked that her objective is “to get under the skin of an opera and to combine music, text, visual imagery,
lighting climate, gesture, action and interaction in a symbiotic way that deliver a powerful and authentically holistic experience for
the public. I see tradition as a precious resource to be carefully conserved and explored with love and attention, offering an essential
departure point for every exciting journey into new artistic expression.”
Puccini’s Tosca is on at the Aurora Opera House on Saturday, the 13th of October at 7.30pm. Online sales are available from here or via the 24/7 ticket helpline