Gozitan Charles Buttigieg to present solo Christmas concert in Gozo

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Gozitan Charles Buttigieg to present solo Christmas concert in GozoCharles Buttigieg, the 19-year old Gozitan baritone, is to present a solo Christmas concert at the Kempinski Hotel San Lawrenz in Gozo.

This will be his first public performance on home soil since being admitted into the prestigious Curtis Institute in Philadelphia, US.

Charles, who has been described by tenor Joseph Calleja as a “rare talent,” was last month invited to sing at a high-end private event in New York in the presence of soprano Renee Flemings and mezzo soprano Dolora Zajick, will be accompanied on piano by Mro John Galea for what promises to be a memorable evening.

Curtis Institute of Music is one of the most selective schools in the US, accepting just four per cent of applicants each year through its scholarship-only policy, which ensures that talent and artistic promise are the only considerations for admission.

It has produced some of the world’s best musical talent over the years, including Leonard Bernstein.

“I feel privileged to be in the company of renowned music teachers at the Curtis Institute and have already learnt a great deal since I arrived. I hope to show the audience at my Christmas concert how I have developed as a singer and also give them an insight into what is yet to come,” said Charles.

“Trying to become a professional singer and being away from family and friends is not easy, but I am greatly encouraged by the support I receive on a continuous basis from the BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation and Joseph himself,” he added.

Organised by the JP2 Foundation of Gozo, Charles’s Christmas concert is on Friday, the 28th of December, starting at 8pm and is sponsored by the Kempinski San Lawrenz, Ministry for Gozo and Eco Gozo, the American Embassy, Gozo Village Holidays and Sabine Agius.

Tickets are available via email at jp2foundation@gmail.com or by sending a text message with details to 9944 1076.

The organisers said that entry to the concert is free, but donations by attendees would be very much appreciated.

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