The Gaulitanus Choir is pleased to announce the 10th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music, which runs in Gozo during Eastertide and culminates with a full-scale opera production of Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia on April 23rd.

 Gaulitana promises indeed to be music for all ears presenting a varied range of musical genres. It opens with a semi-staged production of My Fair Lady on Easter Sunday evening at Palazzo Palina (Ta Cenc Hotel) at 8pm, marking 60 years since its first Broadway performance. A string of recitals and concerts follows, featuring artists from around the globe, including virtuosi on wind and stringed instruments, piano and organ, in solo and multiple ensemble formations.

An important strand of Gaulitana is the educational programme, which promotes cultural engagement through school workshops and events. The festival also includes a remarkably unique experience for aspiring vocal students as it is offering vocal masterclasses with none other than the acclaimed soprano Miriam Gauci. Masterclasses shall run between March 28th and 30th, followed by a public concert on March 31st.

With artists coming from continental Europe as well as from the US and Egypt, Gaulitana promises to be an assortment of some of the finest music on the international scene. The festival strives to place Malta (and Gozo) on the global map of classical music and fine arts. Its keynote opera production stands witness to this, gaining international attention by notable agents such as the OperaNow Magazine.

A scene from Castiglione's production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia
A scene from Castiglione’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia

Il Barbiere di Siviglia will celebrate the bicentenary of the opera’s premiere, with Colin Attard once again at the helm of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir, teaming up with Enrico Castiglione (director & set-designer) and Sonia Cammarata (costumes). Tickets for the single performance at the Aurora Opera House on April 23rd are already on sale from www.teatruaurora.com. The opera performance, preceded by a pre-opera talk, will be part of an OPERA+ Weekend that will also feature Michael Laus in a piano recital on Friday evening, a Wine&Music by the Gaudos Violin Duo on Saturday, and a lunchtime concert with Tortorelli-Meluso Duo and vocal finale by Miriam Cauchi and an instrumental ensemble on Sunday.

Gaulitana is supported by Arts Council Malta and is a recipient of the prestigious EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe).

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