15.05.16 From pre-opera transport and talk to post-performance dinner, for Rigoletto News Image

ENGLISCH: The curtains shall rise on opera in Gozo in what is being considered as an out-of-season blessing, in a week’s time now as the Gaulitanus Choir (Gozo) presents the full-scale opera production of Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Aurora Theatre, this Friday, May 22nd 2015.

Bekannt: 16 Mai 2015

Rigoletto Event IconRigoletto Cast and Crew IconAs demand for tickets soared in recent days, the Gaulitanus Choir would like to encourage undecided opera lovers to secure their seats at their earliest convenience, either online via www.teatruaurora.com or via the ticket helpline 79045779.

Free Shuttle Service in Gozo and adjusted ferry service
Opera patrons crossing over from Malta just for the opera performance, may leave their vehicles in the Ċirkewwa terminal parking and cross over to Gozo using the ferry service that leaves Malta at 6.45pm. Upon their arrival in Mġarr, they shall find the coach at the Gozo terminal’s main door. The coach will leave the theatre for the ferry port 30 minutes after the end of the opera. This service is free of charge for opera patrons, but booking by email, telephone or www.teatruaurora.com/contact-us is recommended. Gozo Channel Co. Ltd has agreed to postpone the ferry service that leaves Gozo at 2345hrs by 15 minutes to allow patrons wishing to cross the channel back to Malta after the performance to do so in a timely manner.

Tribute to the late tenor Paul Asciak
Rigoletto an opera in 3 acts composed by Giuseppe Verdi will be held as part of the 9th edition of Gaulitana: a festival of music, in tribute to the late renowned Maltese tenor Paul Asciak, this being the first operatic production in Malta after the demise of this important operatic personality. Asciak is remembered for his great contribution to the local musical scene, particularly due to his own important international career – which also included performances of Rigoletto, his involvement in musical administration, and especially as being the mentor behind tenor Joseph Calleja. Paul was also a supporter of Gaulitanus Choir, often honouring the choir with his presence at the choir’s events, the last being for last year's Tosca. Widow Bice Asciak will be a special guest of the night. Colin Attard leads the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. Set design and production are entrusted to Enrico Castiglione.

Rigoletto starts at 8pm. A pre-opera talk by Albert G Storace will be given at the Francesco Masini Hall at the Aurora Theatre, at 7pm. Therefore, gates open at 6.45pm. Remaining tickets are priced at €80, €70, €60, €45 and €30 (with an option of €20 rates for students in the lowest-priced area).

Post-performance dinner
Several hotels and catering establishments are known to provide late-night post-performance dinners. While these remain solely at the discretion of the respective establishments, the Aurora Theatre’s staff would be happy to recommend a few places for those interested in such service. Among these establishments, one may find Maldonado Restaurant (www.maldonado.com.mt / 99019270), which is a lovely renovated town house cellar, not more than 10 minutes walk from the theatre, offering exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. Of course, prior booking, at Maldonado and elsewhere, is always essential.

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