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Pandemic Chronicles: it’s festa time.

Posted by on Aug 12, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Pandemic Chronicles: it’s festa time.

Posted: 12th August 2020. Those who know the Aurora theatre and its community well, need no explanation when we say it’s festa time. But for the others, there is one very simple explanation. The Aurora Opera House was built and is still managed by a community of people of faith who flock around a musical civic band and a parish church. The band is the Leone Band. The parish church is the Cathedral Church situated within the Gozo Ċittadella walls. And this church celebrates Santa Marija, the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven on August 15th....

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Aida Postponed to 2021

Posted by on Jun 15, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Aida Postponed to 2021

Posted: 15th June 2021. The 2020 new-production of Aida which was set to open the 2020/21 theatre season has now been postponed to October 2021. This was made public by Gozo Minister Clint Camilleri when he announced the postponement of the two October operas in the presence of the two Victoria theatre Presidents, including Aurora’s own, Dr Michael Caruana. The actual much-awaited October opera night will be replaced by a number of other initiatives in digital form, which will be announced in due course.

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Onto a new new-normal

Posted by on May 24, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Onto a new new-normal

Posted: 24th May 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc all around the world, in certain places, more than others. Thankfully, our country has bore the brunt, so far, with minimal fatalities, but not without massive disruptions to economic and social life. And the Aurora was not immune. We closed doors on Friday 13th March, which was even before a legal obligation was imposed on catering and social establishments. Until then, our new catering operators and us took the opportunity to proceed with the massive renovation project. Social...

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Coping with COVID: Aurora Children Sing

Posted by on Mar 30, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Coping with COVID: Aurora Children Sing

Posted: 30th March 2020. In times like these, everybody loves to listen to something uplifting, be it connected with any form of art, faith or creed, or possibly both. A group of children from our community who assemble in the opera children’s chorus had this beautiful gift of hope (and music!) to share with whoever needs it. The Aurora Opera House is part of the headquarters of a community windband – The Leone Band. Aside from the running of the Aurora Opera House, our raison d’être is that of teaching music, cultivating the Leone Band...

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Aurora Streams: Aida1999

Posted by on Mar 23, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Aurora Streams: Aida1999

Posted: 23rd March 2020. The Teatru tal-Opra Aurora is proud to announce the one-time online streaming of the 1999 production of Aida, this Wednesday 25th March 2020 starting at 2030hrs (Central European Time). The 2 hour 45 minute long production will be streamed on facebook.com/TeatruAurora or www.teatruaurora.com and will be available for re-viewing for 24 hours. As the whole country joins the rest of the world in adapting to physical and social restrictions as a response to the Corona Virus phenomenon, many cultural agents, not the least,...

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Closed Until Further Notice – Otello2020 cancelled

Posted by on Mar 15, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Closed Until Further Notice – Otello2020 cancelled

Posted: 12th March 2020. The Leone Philharmonic Society A.D.1863, owner and manager of the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora would like to inform the general public that in light of the most recent updates concerning the global outbreak of COVID-19, in collaboration with the public authorities, it is closing its premises until further notice. The closure of the Aurora Opera House comes despite the fact that Malta is, as at time of this writing, not under an imposed lockdown. It follows the earlier announcement by Gaulitana Festival of Music that the...

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Solidarietá – il tricolore Italiano

Posted by on Mar 10, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Solidarietá – il tricolore Italiano

Posted: 10th March 2020. Solidarietà – il tricolore Italiano. The Aurora Opera House stands in solidarity with all those affected, in any mild or tragic way, with the outbreak of Corona Virus, from the farthest corners of Wuhan in China, to the closest household in our homeland, Malta. But as happened during the Paris terrorist attack in November 2015, the Aurora Opera House manifestly joins the global community of theatres when something as big, tragic and devastating calls home and hits one (or ones) of us. The detested Covid-19 is...

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Gaulitana: Monica Zanettin starring as Desdemona

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Gaulitana: Monica Zanettin starring as Desdemona

Posted: 09th March 2020. Italian soprano Monica Zanettin, has been engaged by Gaulitana: A Festival in Music for its upcoming operatic production, Verdi’s Otello. Zanettin will be complementing two other “world-class artists” for this production, tenor Kristian Benedikt and baritone Vladimir Stoyanov. The Festival explained that this Otello production will bring back the three artists together after their highly successful Arena di Verona production of the Verdi’s masterpiece in 2018 – which, as MTG Lirica reported, was “a very warm success...

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Otello2020: Stoyanov to flank Benedikt as Iago

Posted by on Feb 12, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Otello2020: Stoyanov to flank Benedikt as Iago

Posted: 12th February 2020. The Bulgarian great Valdimir Stoyanov will be appearing in the production of Verdi’s Otello being staged by Gaulitana: A Festival of Music on Saturday April 25th, 2020.  The festival has engaged this world-renowned baritone for the extremely crucial role of Iago, thus complementing the Otello of Lithuanian tenor Kristian Benedikt. Indeed, the festival has made sure to invest in a duo which should do full justice to the vocal and dramatic exigencies of these two highly demanding roles....

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Gaulitana: World-class Tenor for Verdi’s Otello

Posted by on Jan 25, 2020 in News | 0 comments

Gaulitana: World-class Tenor for Verdi’s Otello

Posted: 25th January 2020. Gaulitana: A festival of music has just announced the star participation of world-class tenor Kristian Benedikt in the upcoming opera production of Verdi’s Otello which is due at the Aurora on April 25th 2020. Benedikt is one of the world’s most renowned tenors in the role. He has built a reputation as one of the leading international singers of Verdi’s Otello, having sung this most demanding role more than 120 times, and appeared at the world’s greatest operatic stages – from New York’s...

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