‘Norma’ fol­lows Gauci’s ‘But­ter­fly’

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - STAGE -

Gauli­tana: A Fes­ti­val of Mu­sic is pleased to an­nounce that Bellini’s opera Norma will high­light the 2018 edition. This bel canto mas­ter­piece fol­lows on Madama But­ter­fly which had fea­tured Miriam Gauci in the lead­ing role. That pro­duc­tion was re­ceived with great ac­claim and praised by all who at­tended. En­rico Castiglione will re­turn to di­rect the opera, with cos­tumes de­signed by So­nia Cam­marata. Colin At­tard will con­duct the Malta Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra and the Gauli­tanus choir. Norma will be part of the Opera+ week­end, which shall bring to an end Gozo’s main clas­si­cal mu­sic fes­ti­val. The choice for Bellini’s work is par­tic­u­larly apt as the Gauli­tanus choir has just par­tic­i­pated in La Bo­heme at Taormina’s Am­phithe­atre, just out­side the com­poser’s birth­place. Gauli­tana is sup­ported by the Gozo Cul­tural Sup­port Pro­gramme of Arts Coun­cil Malta in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry for Gozo. Book­ing, which is cur­rently open, can be done di­rectly on­line on www.teatru­au­rora.com or via ticket helpline 7904 5779. An early-bird of­fer, al­low­ing opera buffs to pur­chase tick­ets with a 10% dis­count, is on un­til the end of Oc­to­ber.

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