Madama Butterfly for Gaulitana: A Festival of Music 2017
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Gaulitanus Choir has announced the 11th edition of Gaulitana: A Festival of Music. Running from the 25th of February until the 2nd of April, 2017, the festival will feature a multifarious programme of events in various genres and styles.
The highlight will be Puccini's opera Madama Butterfly, being held at the Aurora Theatre on the 1st of April. The full-scale production will present Malta's internationally acclaimed soprano Miriam Gauci in the lead role.
Colin Attard will direct the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the Gaulitanus Choir. The opera night will be part of the OPERA+ Weekend – an intensive programme of events concluding the festival.
The upcoming edition will present a number of innovative features. Alexander Frey, a top international versatile musician defined by Leonard Berstein as "a wonderful spirit" will be Artist-In-Residence. Lunchtime concerts intended particularly for civil servants and a number of talks will be incorporated in the festival schedule.
Gaulitana will also commemorate the 60th anniversary of the death of composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, defined by Puccini as the "greatest hope of German music" and regarded as one of the founders of film music.
Following on last year's successful venture, the festival will offer once again an Educational Programme including #Opera4me.
An early-bird ticket sale for Madama Butterfly will be announced soon.