Presenting Falstaff

TEATRU TAL-OPRA AURORA LAUNCHES
GIUSEPPE VERDI’S OPERA-BUFFA IN 3 ACTS
FALSTAFF
OCTOBER 12TH 2013
 
Victoria, Gozo – The management of the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora proudly presents the production of Giuseppe Verdi’s opera-buffa FALSTAFF, on Saturday October 12th 2013, just two days on the great composer’s 200th birthday. The performance starts at 7.30pm under the distinguished patronage of H.E. Dr George Abela, President of Malta.
 
Opera lovers can still vividly recall the honour and prestige of witnessing a magnificent performance by world-class soprano Maria Guleghina in the title role of Turandot, last year. And given the exceptional nature of this year’s anniversaries, the Aurora administration promises nothing short of world-class quality.
 
Falstaff – a first for Gozo, is Verdi’s last opera, his only second comic opera, and the third one based on Shakespearean play. It will be marking Verdi’s 200th birthday in style. But the opera itself will be but one of many high calibre events celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Leone Philharmonic Society, Gozo’s first musical society, owner and proprietor of the Aurora Opera House, which, over a century and a half, has transformed itself into one of the island’s main promoters of music and culture, encompassing wind band music, theatre, folklore, music and arts education, socio-religious heritage and sports amongst others.
 
Colin Attard shall lead the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra while Novella Tabili is once more entrusted with the set and artistic direction. The cast will be lead by the emergent Argentine star baritone, Leonardo López Linares, after Italian-born baritone Paolo Gavanelli had to withdraw due to an unfortunate accident which left him unable to travel to honour his commitment. López Linares, a winner of several prestigious international competitions, is a household name in one of Italy's most lavish opera venues - the Verona Arena where he has debuted in the main baritone roles of grand operas like Madame Butterfly, Turandot, Nabucco and Aida. At the Philharmonic Theatre in Verona, he also debuted as Falstaff, a role for which he earned a special merit.
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