Bank of Val­letta re­news its sup­port for opera Car­men at the Aurora

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Bank of Val­letta will be sup­port­ing Bizet’s grand opera Car­men at the Teatru Aurora. This was an­nounced dur­ing a press con­fer­ence which was ad­dressed by the Mr Mario Mal­lia, the Bank’s Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, Dr Michael Caru­ana, the Pres­i­dent of Soc­jeta Fi­lar­monika Leone and the PR & Events Of­fi­cer at Teatru Aurora Mr Matthew Sul­tana.

Mr Mal­lia said, “Among other artis­tic and cul­tural en­deav­ours, Bank of Val­letta has been sup­port­ing lo­cal op­er­atic events for decades, both in Malta and in Gozo. Year on year, we have wit­nessed these pro­duc­tions grow, and events like this grand opera have etched for them­selves a per­ma­nent spot in the cul­tural cal­en­dar of our is­lands. Un­doubt­edly, this gives us great sat­is­fac­tion as we wit­ness a grow­ing ap­pre­ci­a­tion of the high stan­dard that lo­cal pro­duc­tions are achiev­ing.” He con­cluded his in­ter­ven­tion by thank­ing Teatru Aurora for their com­mit­ment, high­light­ing the in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tion of the hun­dreds of vol­un­teers that make such projects pos­si­ble.

Thank­ing Mr Mal­lia, Dr Caru­ana high­lighted that Teatru Aurora will this year be com­mem­o­rat­ing its 40th an­niver­sary sea­son with Bizet’s all-time favourite Car­men.

“This is a box of­fice best-seller, which, for the last four decades has been staged four times at the Aurora it­self. In fact, this will be the fourth Car­men at the Aurora, the third one for Colin At­tard, the sec­ond one in six years and the first one with spo­ken di­a­logue, true to the opera-comique genre as Bizet in­tended it.

“Fit for a cel­e­bra­tory opener, this new pro­duc­tion of Car­men will see ma­jor opera houses across the globe con­ven­ing in Gozo,” ex­plained Mr Sul­tana. He went on to in­tro­duce the cast. The ti­tle role of Car­men will be in­ter­preted by the Bul­gar­i­an­born mezzo-so­prano Na­dia Krasteva. Au­di­ences have wit­nessed Krasteva’s Car­men on lead­ing opera stages all around the world as the Vi­enna State Opera, the Arena di Verona, the Bol­shoi The­atre, the Deutsche Opera in Berlin, the Na­tional Opera Am­s­ter­dam, the “O2 Arena” in Hamburg, the Na­tional Opera Riga, the Na­tional Opera Sofia, New York’s Met­ro­pol­i­tan and Mi­lan’s La Scala. She will be ac­com­pa­nied by the Ital­ian world-class tenor Roberto De Bi­a­sio, who amongst other no­table ap­pear­ances is com­ing from fresh suc­cesses at the Met Opera in New York. Es­camillo at the Aurora will be none less than La Scala’s own Es­camillo – Marcin Bronikowski who also starred in Lon­don’s renowned Royal Opera House of Covent Gar­den. The main quar­tet will be rounded up by a cham­pion up-and­com­ing Ital­ian so­prano by the name of Gi­u­liana Gian­fal­doni, re­mem­bered amongst other roles for her al­ready ac­claimed role of Ad­ina with Leo Nucci.

Bizet’s Car­men means an ex­ten­sive cast with a fur­ther sec­ondary quar­tet. Here we see Gabriele Ribis, Ed­uardo San­ta­maria, Lara Rotili and Mad­ina Kar­beli, who has re­cently per­formed as Ad­ina – the lead­ing role – in Elisir d’Amore at the Ma­noel The­atre in Val­letta. Gian­luca Breda and Francesco Baioc­chi will com­plete the 10-piece cast of soloists.

This strength and con­sis­tency in a no-com­pro­mise pol­icy when it comes to cast is ac­tu­ally why au­di­ences keep on trust­ing the Aurora so much so ticket sales go strong even be­fore cast in nor­mally an­nounced. This year’s Car­men, on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 15th, at 7:30pm will also mark the launch of a spe­cial an­niver­sary sea­son that will also cel­e­brate the 40th an­niver­sary of opera re­nais­sance in Malta, with the first-ever opera in Gozo (Jan­uary 7th 1977), at the Aurora. Last few seats re­main. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion is avail­able via www.teatru­au­ or via 24/7 ticket helpline 79045779.

The opera per­for­mance is be­ing sup­ple­mented by a lunchtime opera talk and recital on opera day, vin d’hon­neur dur­ing the in­ter­val, free shut­tle trans­port in Gozo and din­ing ar­range­ments for opera pa­trons, all of which may be ac­cessed from the Aurora per­son­nel.

Car­men at the Aurora is also be­ing sup­ported by the Gozo Cul­tural Sup­port Pro­gramme; a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween Arts Coun­cil Malta and the Min­istry for Gozo.

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