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VIVA VERDI! - “Adding a new perspective to Gozo’s notable intrinsic link with opera”. A project made possible also by the collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura - La Valletta - Viva Verdi: La Traviata

Date:

07/14/2021


VIVA VERDI! - “Adding a new perspective to Gozo’s notable intrinsic link with opera”.  A project made possible also by the collaboration with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura - La Valletta  - Viva Verdi: La Traviata

Viva Verdi: La Traviata

GILLIAN ZAMMIT Soprano LUIS AGUILAR Tenor COLIN ATTARD Conductor

MALTA PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

DENISE MULHOLLAND Director MATTHEW MUSCAT DRAGO Film Director/Director of Photography ANDREW BORG WIRTH Set Artist

LUKE AZZOPARDI Costume Designer

Maltese soprano Gillian Zammit brings to life the tribulations of Violetta Valéry in two highly contrasting scenes from one of the most romantic and tragic operatic scores.

In È strano; Sempre libera, faced with the prospect of giving up her decadent life and sacrificing everything in the name of love, she allows herself to dream briefly of a future with Alfredo.

The reflective Prelude to Act 3 leads directly into a most moving scene as Violetta, now terminally ill andalone, desperately reminiscences on a foregone past in È tardi; Addio, del passato.

Streamed for free on the "Gaulitana: A Festival of Music" facebook page and YouTube channel on four consecutive Wednesdays between July 14 and August at 20.30hrs ..............

The re-scheduled hybrid 14th edition of "Gaulitana: A Festival of Music", continues in July and August with the second of its virtual series, ‘VIVA VERDI!’. This audio-visual project, held in lieu of the festival’s usual operatic production, presents operatic scenes from four of the best-loved operas by Giuseppe Verdi.

Sopranos Gillian Zammit and Andriana Yordanova appear in "La Traviata" and "La Forza del Destino" respectively, whereas soprano Nicola Said - Soprano and tenor Luis Aguilar appear in "Rigoletto". Top Italian soprano Monica Zanettin stars in "Otello" – a role she was due to interpret in the festival’s cancelled operatic production last year.

Following an intensive week of rehearsing and recording with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, under the musical direction of Mro Colin Attard, filming ensued. Rather than conventionally staged in a theatre, the scenes were filmed in various spectacular venues in Gozo, hence giving the project a more cinematic dimension. Denise Mulholland was entrusted with the direction and Matthew Muscat Drago with the filming. Andrew Borg Wirth was in charge of the sets, and Luke Azzopardi of the costumes.

The series will be streamed for free on the "Gaulitana: A Festival of Music" facebook page and YouTube channel on four consecutive Wednesdays between July 14 and August at 20.30hrs and remains available on the festival's digital platforms.

Gaulitana’, an awardee of the European Festivals Association’s EFFE label, is principally supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta and the Ministry for Gozo.

The ‘VIVA VERDI!’ series was made possible through the collaboration of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura - La Valletta, the Malta Tourism Authority, Bank of Valletta, Visit Gozo, the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Heritage Malta, Hotel Ta’ Cenc, and Quaint Boutique Hotels.

Information

Date: Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Time: At 8:30 pm

Organized by : Gaulitana, Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta and Ministry of Gozo.

In collaboration with : Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura - La Valletta, the Malta Tourism Authority, Bank of Valletta, Visit Gozo, the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Heritage Malta, Hotel Ta’ Cenc, and Quaint Boutique Hotels.

Entrance : Free


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