Teatru Ma­noel and Teatru As­tra part­ner in an opera work­shop ahead of Aida

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Teatru As­tra has just an­nounced its lat­est ed­u­ca­tional ini­tia­tive, ‘Be­hind the Opera Cur­tain’, a free work­shop fea­tur­ing the artis­tic and mu­sic directors from Teatru As­tra’s forth­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Aida. Aimed at opera lovers and pa­trons of the As­tra re­sid­ing in Malta, singers and stu­dents, the work­shop will be held at the Teatru Ma­noel’s Stu­dio The­atre on Mon­day 17 Oc­to­ber at 7pm.

Artis­tic di­rec­tor En­rico St­inchelli and mu­si­cal di­rec­tor Joseph Vella will be shar­ing their in­sights on the forth­com­ing pro­duc­tion, the third Aida Teatru As­tra is stag­ing. The work­shop will be high­light­ing as well the ex­pe­ri­ences of a num­ber of cho­ris­ters who fea­ture in the renowned Teatru As­tra opera Cho­rus, led by Dr Maria Frendo. En­rico St­inchelli, an ex­pert in the his­tory of opera and vin­tage record­ings will speak about Aida through the decades and will iden­tify land­mark in­ter­pre­ta­tions that the au­di­ence could lis­ten to.

The event, which is sup­ported by Bank of Val­letta, is free but there is lim­ited ca­pac­ity so book­ing is essential. Book­ing can be made on­line at www.teatru­ma­noel.com.mt ,by email book­ings@teatru­ma­noel.com.mt or tel: 2124-6389.

Aida is part of the 15th edi­tion of Fes­ti­val Mediter­ranea, a unique en­deav­our and the only fes­ti­val of its kind on the Mal­tese is­lands, com­bin­ing high cul­ture with the pro­duc­tion of an Ital­ian opera in con­junc­tion with tra­di­tional fare.

The web­site www.teatru­as­tra.org.mt in­cludes on­line book­ing fa­cil­i­ties for the opera and car­ries all the lat­est up­dates on the opera and fes­ti­val. The opera Aida is sup­ported by the Gozo Cul­tural Sup­port Pro­gramme.

Teatru Ma­noel has also a long tra­di­tion of stag­ing op­eras al­beit on a dif­fer­ent scale to the As­tra. Be­ing a 1731 the­atre with a stage that is merely seven by 11 me­tres and an or­ches­tra pit that is a minis­cule seven by three me­tres, the type of opera that is staged in this his­tor­i­cal and artis­tic gem is rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent to the type of opera houses built in the Ver­dian tra­di­tion.

In re­cent years the Ma­noel has pre­sented Pur­cell’s poignantly beau­ti­ful minia­ture opera Dido and Ae­neas and Of­fen­bach’s Or­pheus in the Un­der­world, both joint ven­tures be­tween Val­letta 2018 Foun­da­tion and the the­atre in­volv­ing Teatru Ma­noel Youth Opera.

The last three ma­jor opera pro­duc­tions, which are usu­ally pre­sented in March, have been Mozart’s Cle­menza di Tito, Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Gluck’s Or­phee et Eury­dice. In March, the Ma­noel will be stag­ing Mozart’s Le Nozze di Fi­garo.

To book and for more in­for­ma­tion on the opera and the work­shop go to www.teatru­ma­noel.com.mt.

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