14.09.17 BOV supports Il Trovatore at the Aurora


Photo: Bank of Valletta.

Giuseppe Verdi’s 4-act Grand Opera, Il Trovatore will be Teatru Aurora’s opera for this year. This was announced during a press conference which was held at BOV Centre in Santa Venera.

Posted: 17th September 2014

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Hon. Justyne Caruana – Parliamentary Secretary for Rights of Persons with Disability and Active Aging, Dr. Michael Caruana, President of Socjeta’ Filarmonika Leone, Colin Attard, resident conductor and and Chief Executive Officer at BOV Charles Borg were present for the official launch of the Festival.

In his speech at the launch of the Opera, Charles Borg spoke about the importance of culturally-reviving programmes and the enrichment they provide. He praised the organisers as well as the invaluable volunteers for all their hard work in putting the opera together. "Every year, Teatru Aurora gives its audiences the opportunity to get better acquainted with one of the most renowned masterpieces. Bank of Valletta takes its role as patron of local arts and culture very much to heart, and strongly believes in providing the Maltese and Gozitan public with more opportunities to admire and become better acquainted with this fascinating world. Teatru Aurora itself, with its opulent art, is a gem for all opera lovers, and gives greater resonance to this opera." He concluded by saying, "We are proud to give our backing once again to another successful opera which will usher this year's season for the Teatru Aurora."

Dr Michael Caruana, President of Socjetà Filarmonika Leone thanked Bank of Valletta for support over the years, which has secured a future for the theatre and the lyric opera in Gozo. He explained the financial sacrifices that organising such an opera entails. In relation to this year’s choice, Colin Attard said that, “Il Trovatore originally premiered in Rome in 1853, made its debut at Teatru Aurora in 1979. We are really looking forward to hosting this Opera once more after an interval of 20 years" (when in 1994 it was the first opera conducted by Attard at the Aurora).

Il Trovatore marks the 20th Opera to be directed by Mro. Colin Attard. He has been resident director of Teatru tal-Opra Aurora since 1991. Mro Attard gave a brief background of the 4-act opera. Il Trovatore revolves around a brave hero, a selfless heroine and an evil villain. The acts brim with splendid music and some of the best loved arias ever written by Verdi.

Teatru Aurora has kept the customary second week of October for the presentation of this Opera and the date has been set for Saturday 11th of October 2014. Tickets for the opera Il Trovatore may be purchased online via www.teatruaurora.com or from the Aurora Box Office or by calling on 21559452.

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