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Gozo Alive is here!

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Gozo Alive is here!

Posted: 18th May 2018. European Opera Days 2018 brought some 200 persons into the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora when opera is (by our standards) off-season. More new audiences are continually sharing our passion through guided tours, workshops, events and exhibitions. Teatru tal-Opra Aurora is now pleased to extend the EOD efforts by another week until the much-anticipated Gozo Alive happening this weekend! We look forward so much to having you.  

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‘Norma’ – a Gozitan touch

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in News | 0 comments

‘Norma’ – a Gozitan touch

Posted: 15th May 2018 OPERA NORMA REVIEWED ON THE MALTA INDEPENDENT. A month of cultural activities has recently come to an end in Gozo with the production of Bellini’s opera Norma at the  Aurora Theatre in Victoria. This was the climax of the 12th edition of Gaulitana, a music festival organised by the Gaulitanus Choir. Though it has never acquired the wide popularity of, say, Verdi’s Rigoletto or even Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor this is one of the great operas. It relates the tragedy of its protagonist, developing from...

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Shuttle Bus in Gozo for Opera Norma

Posted by on Mar 26, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Shuttle Bus in Gozo for Opera Norma

Posted: 26th March 2018 GO GREEN and SAVE some HASSLE! Gaulitana shall be providing an exclusive Shuttle Service for opera patrons for the operatic production Norma. Bellini’s masterpiece will be staged on the 28 April at the Teatru tal-Opra Aurora, featuring a stellar cast led by Amarilli Nizza, Stefan Pop and Anna Maria Chiuri. Colin Attard will conduct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. Enrico Castiglione, who designed sets inspired by the Ggantija Temples, shall return to direct the opera following last year’s...

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#connect2earth – another Earth Hour for Gozo’s Aurora Opera House.

Posted by on Mar 22, 2018 in News | 0 comments

#connect2earth – another Earth Hour for Gozo’s Aurora Opera House.

Posted: 22nd March 2018 THE AURORA THEATRE TO PARTICIPATE IN EARTH HOUR 2018 For the 8th year running, the Aurora Opera House is participating in the global lights-out awareness campaign, entitled Earth Hour. This year, Earth Hour falls on Saturday, 24 March 2018, and every country organizes it at 8:30 pm local time. The lights-out event itself aims to empower people to make a difference on and beyond one hour to reach out to the hundreds of millions of people within the community and the global Earth Hour communities. This is an opportunity...

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The ‘twins’ finally make it there – CavPag 2017 reviewed on The Sunday Times

Posted by on Mar 11, 2018 in News | 0 comments

The ‘twins’ finally make it there – CavPag 2017 reviewed on The Sunday Times

Posted: 11th March 2018 Forty years is a long time and in its four decades of  producing opera in Gozo, the pioneering Aurora Opera House never put on opera’s most famous ‘twins’ in one evening. The only time Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana was put on its stage was in March 1984. This was a Manoel Theatre production under the baton of Joseph Vella and looking at the list of productions at the Aurora, Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci is nowhere to be seen. They finally came together in mid-October so in itself this was quiet an event. Some very popular...

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Cast, Surtitles and Events for Norma

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Cast, Surtitles and Events for Norma

Posted: 27th February 2018 Norma, Bellini’s ultimate love story, will be the operatic production for this year’s Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Following on last year’s “triumphant” Madama Butterfly with Miriam Gauci, the opera promises to be a spectacular night for opera buffs. Amarilli Nizza shall debut in the title-role of Norma, interpreting this part at the peak of her vocal prowess. Boasting a career spanning over 25 years interpreting more than 60 major operatic roles, the acclaimed soprano has performed at Covent Garden, Deutsche...

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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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