The Battle of the Operas in Malta

The Battle of the Operas in Malta

Posted: 25th September 2016. It is a battle where no one loses and everyone wins. It is a ‘battle’ that keeps two opera houses in good shape and form, in continuous recruitment mode, in a constant creative force to outdo and outshine oneself. It is the battle of the operas in Malta – more precisely, in Gozo, between the people of the Aurora Opera House (and its Leone Philharmonic Society) and those of the Astra Theatre (and its La Stella Philharmonic Society).

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Opera Days celebrated for the first time in Malta, at the Aurora

Opera Days celebrated for the first time in Malta, at the Aurora

Posted: 13th May 2016. It turned out to be quite an ambitious feat. The Aurora had seen, observed and absorbed best practices elsewhere, and dared attempt get, for the first time ever in Malta, European Opera Days – the opera-popularisation initiative as branded and promoted by Opera Europa and Reseo. The Aurora Opera House tried to work on multiple fronts. The original, even more ambitious plan was to have a section dedicated to new audiences, a celebratory section celebrating 40 years of opera in Gozo and a...

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What’s Funny and What’s Not?

What’s Funny and What’s Not?

Posted: 8th May 2016. That was the big question mark everyone left the Aurora Opera House with, when on Saturday 30th April, they came to watch Simon Bartolo’s Ħabbilni Ħa Nirbaħ. Many thought they were coming for some good time full of laughter. Others came with the thought of watching some spicy scenes unfold on stage. But in the end, they all left the opera house asking whether this was something to laugh at, or rather feel bad about.

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A bandwagon of (quality &) fun!

A bandwagon of (quality &) fun!

Posted: 26th April 2016. If there was one lesson to be learnt from the Gaulitanus’ production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the Aurora Opera House in Gozo is appreciate the October opera-in-Gozo for what you expect it to be, and look forward to the April opera for it will not fail to surprise you… in such an astonishingly positive way! 100-points to Castiglione for the staging idea, the concept and the eventual delivery of the mise-en-scène. All the question marks flying through people heads at the sight of...

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A Cultural Support Programme for Gozo

A Cultural Support Programme for Gozo

Posted: 4th April 2016. Minister for Gozo Anton Refalo and Albert Marshall, chairman of the Arts Council Malta launched The Gozo Cultural Support Programme. Gozo’s cultural calendar is set to receive a boost thanks to a new initiative which aims to support the professionalization and development of four leading artistic organisations.   This initiative, which is being monitored by Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo, supports the Victoria International Arts Festival, Gaulitana as well as the opera...

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Colin Attard; a silver jubilee at the Aurora!

Colin Attard; a silver jubilee at the Aurora!

Posted: 31st March 2016. It was March 31st, 1991 when the Leone Philharmonic Society of Victoria, Gozo, appointed the young and emergent conductor Colin Attard as its musical director and resident conductor of the Aurora Opera House, succeeding Joseph Sammut. Perhaps little did we realise back then, even if we had so much faith in him, how big we could grow together in a span of 25 years.

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