The Gaulitanus Choir has announced that the highlight of the 10th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music (2016) will be Gioachino Rossini’s masterpiece Il Barbiere di Siviglia. 

The full scale production of Rossini’s great opera buffa will be held on Saturday 23 April at the Aurora Theatre, Victoria, Gozo, with the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and an international cast, under the baton of Gaulitana’s artistic director, Colin Attard.

Booking is open and can be done by phoning 79045779, online at www.teatruaurora.com or by emailing gaulitanafestival@gmail.com . An early-bird offer  is available until the end of 2015 whereby patrons benefit from a 10% discount.

The opera will be part of the festival’s OPERA+ Weekend, 22-24 April. This commences on Friday with a solo piano recital by Michael Laus. The Gaudos Violin Duo feature in a lunchtimeWine & Music event at Vini e Capricci on Saturday. Il Barbiere will be preceded by a pre-opera talk at the Aurora Theatre. The Tortorelli-Meluso Duo present a Sunday lunchtime recital, followed by an evening concert by soprano Miriam Cauchi accompanied by a string quintet.

OPERA+ Weekend rounds up Gaulitana, which runs from Easter Sunday 27 March till the 24 April 2016, featuring a multifarious programme of events in various genres and styles. The full programme will be announced in due course.