This year’s opera production for Gaulitana: A Festival of Music is Puccini’s masterpiece – Manon Lescaut.
The opera is being presented following an absence of over 20 years from the local stage, with Miriam Gauci featuring in the title-role, following on her “triumphant and touching” Madama Butterfly in 2017.
Gaulitana said that Des Grieux will be interpreted by acclaimed Puccini singer Enrique Ferrer – renowned for his dramatic power, personality and musicality. The tenor boasts an impressive career performing in prestigious opera houses including La Fenice, Arena di Verona, Torre del Lago and the Carnegie Hall.
Lucio Gallo returns to Malta to perform Lescaut following his “first-rate” and “unforgettable Scarpia” for Tosca at the Aurora Theatre last October, and Geronte will be sung by Luciano Leoni.
The cast is complemented by Didier Pieri (Edmondo, Dance Master, Lamplighter), Joseph Lia (Innkeeper, Naval Captain), Ken Scicluna (Sergeant) and Clare Ghigo (Singer).
Enrico Castiglione is directing the production, saying that he “seeks to portray a contemporary approach to Prevost’s classic where life and love are a game during which winners and losers abound.”
As such, Gaulitana said that the director’s set designs take cue from the card-playing scenes in the opera’s plot.
The surtitled production will be conducted by Colin Attard, featuring the Gaulitanus Choir and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.
Manon Lescaut, part of the OPERA+ Weekend in the Festival programme, will be held on Saturday, the 6th of April. Booking is open, directly online by clicking here, or via ticket helpline 79045779.
Gaulitana is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Programme of Arts Council Malta in collaboration with the Ministry for Gozo and partnered by APS Bank.
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