Tosca launch at the Aurora, opera, concerts and much more

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Tosca launch at the Aurora, opera, concerts and much moreThe arts and culture scene in Gozo will once again be receiving the support of the Bank of Valletta, this time with the Aurora Opera House for its production of the timeless classic – Tosca.

Giacomo Puccini’s love triangle between glamorous opera singer Floria Tosca, painter Mario Cavaradossi and the villain police Chief Baron Scarpia, is being performed at the Aurora Opera House in Victoria on Saturday, the 13th October.

The opera will be under the musical direction of Colin Attard and stage direction of “world-renowned” Vivien Hewitt.

The announcement was made by BOV CEO Mario Mallia, and Dr Michael Caruana, the President of the Leone Philharmonic Society which owns and runs the Aurora Opera House.

Mr Mallia said, “a seat in the theatre does not only give access to one of the world’s most renowned operas but also a showcase of Malta’s best talent working alongside a top international director and performers.'”

Dr Caruana said, “the appointment of Vivien Hewitt as stage director is another step in upping the artistic product of Opera in Gozo. There is also a new strategic artistic partnership with camilleriparismode who is this year bringing the opera to life with Luke Azzopardi’s costumes and Andrew Borg Wirth’s sets.”

He added that, Amarilli Nizza will play the part of Tosca with Stefano La Colla and Marco Vratogna bringing the characters of Cavaradossi and Scarpia to life. The rest of the cast includes Frano Lufi, Matteo Peirone and the Maltese singers Cliff Zammit Stevens and Joseph Lia.

Tosca is being produced as part of the Gozo Cultural Support Programme by Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo and forms part of the cultural programme of Valletta 2018 European Capital of Culture.

The Aurora explained that the opera will be further complemented by a number of other events, making up the Opera in Gozo festival, organised by the Ministry for Gozo.

These include a chamber concert, orchestral and choral music at the Gozo Cathedral and folk music in the Cittadella open-air on Sunday, the 21st of October, a Cittadella by night experience and a fashion show – On the Opera’s Ruins by Luke Azzopardi at the Aurora Opera House on Saturday, the 20th of October.

A limited number of tickets that remain and further information are available from or the 24/7 ticket helpline 79045779.

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