The operatic production for this year’s Gaulitana: A Festival of Music will be – Norma – Bellini’s ultimate love story and the cast has now been announced.
The part of Norma will be performed by Amarilli Nizza, who will debut in this title role 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 Oper Berlin, Wiener Staatsoper and Verona among other prestigious venues, Gaulitanus said.
Tenor Stefan Pop will sing Pollione in Gozo, just before reprising the role at La Fenice with Mariella Devia, following the productions of Genova, Madrid and Naples.
Adalgisa is to be interpreted by Anna Maria Chiuri, defined as “the star of the show” in Verona’s Norma for her vocal lines and noble phrases.
The mezzo-soprano shares a great affinity with Nizza, both starring in Aida at Verona and Suor Angelica at the Maggio Musicale.
Another familiar name to local is Gabriele Sagona, who will sing Oroveso after interpreting Colline in Teatru Astra’s La Boheme. Filippo Micale and Stephanie Portelli will complement the cast as Flavio and Clotilde respectively.
The organisers said that this opera production will have English subtitles, a first for operas in Gozo. Such initiatives further underlines Gaulitana’s role as the island’s “main classical music festival,” it said.
The Ggantija Temples in Xaghra will serve as the inspiration for the production’s sets.
Norma will feature as part of the OPERA+ Weekend, three days of cultural bonanza presenting: a guitar concert at Ggantija on Friday, a Talk and Curator’s Tour on Saturday morning with Daniel Cilia, Enrico Castiglione and Daphne Caruana (Ggantija’s Curator), a Pre-Opera Talk by Albert G. Storace, and a Finale with soloist Philip Attard (saxophone) and the Gaulitana String Orchestra.
Gaulitana is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo, Valletta 18 and Heritage Malta.
Norma will be held on Saturday, the 28th of April. Booking is open, directly online on www.teatruaurora.com or via ticket helpline 79045779.a
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