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Joseph Debrincat triumphs in Albania!

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Joseph Debrincat triumphs in Albania!

Posted: 26th April 2017 Over the past few days, Joseph Debrincat was invited in Albania to direct a symphonic concert by The Albanian Radio Television Symphonic Orchestra (e Radio Televizionit Shqiptar).  This concert took place on Friday 21st April in Tirana, the capital of Albania, at the University of Arts.

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Opera in Gozo, 40 years at the Aurora

Posted by on Jan 7, 2017 in News | 0 comments

Opera in Gozo, 40 years at the Aurora

Posted: 7th January 2017 It was 40 years ago, the turn of a new year, 1976-1977 when history was being written in a quite subdued and peculiar way. Nonetheless, time has shown that something quite extraordinary was hatching back then – a phenomenon that nowadays goes by the name of opera in Gozo. Yes. Opera in Gozo turns 40, today on January 7, when we celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first opera staged at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora in 1977, barely 3 months after the official opening of the largest opera venue to date on the Maltese...

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Life Begins at 40!

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Life Begins at 40!

Posted: 28th September 2016. 1977 gave birth to Opera in Gozo with Teatru tal-Opra Aurora’s own production of Madama Butterfly. The year 1977 does not only mark the first opera in Gozo, but it also marks the renaissance of opera in Malta.  The concept of opera was dying slowly and although demand for opera was, evidently quite strong, supply had cease for a number of years. The Maltese Islands were about to lose a theatrical medium which nowadays is dear to the Maltese and Gozitan population. Although the first opera in the Teatru tal-Opra...

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The Battle of the Operas in Malta

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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

Posted by on May 14, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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 networking initiative to boost...

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What’s Funny and What’s Not?

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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!

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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 the set of block coloured...

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A Cultural Support Programme for Gozo

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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 productions of the Aurora and...

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Colin Attard; a silver jubilee at the Aurora!

Posted by on Mar 31, 2016 in News | 0 comments

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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Opera La Traviata on TVM

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Opera La Traviata on TVM

Posted: 8th March 2016. The Teatru tal-Opra Aurora is proud to announced that its 2015 production of La Traviata will be aired on TVM – Malta’s national television station on Saturday 19th March 2016, at the evening prime-time starting at 2045hrs. This airing has been made possible by an agreement between Teatru tal-Opra Aurora and Public Broadcasting Services Ltd. earlier in 2015, by virtue of which, PBS Ltd filmed the opera in High-Definition quality.

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