Gozo conference discusses the future of opera in the Maltese Islands
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This year the Classique Foundation embarked on a new project by presenting MUSIC + festival, which was very well received by the audiences.
The festival programme included a recital by local and foreign artists, master classes in various instruments, opera workshops for primary school students and other talks.
To mark the end of the festival, a conference was held on Friday – The Future of Opera in the Maltese Islands – at the Circolo Gozitano, Victoria, Gozo.
Led by Dr. Paul Xuereb, the panel was made up of Mr. Kenneth Zammit Tabona for the Manoel Theatre, Dr. Michael Caruana for the Aurora Theatre, Mr. Paul M. Cassar for the Astra Theatre, Mrs. Josianne Callus for the Gaulitana Festival and Joseph Lia for the Arts Council Malta. The main speakers were international soprano Miriam Gauci and Ms. Cecilia Xuereb.
The conference opened with a welcome speech by Mr. Gordon J. Grech, Assistant Secretary of Classique Foundation, followed by the director of the Foundation Mro. Joseph Debrincat who made the first speech.Soprano Miriam Gauci spoke about her experience outside Malta, saying that she had noticed big differences from what is organised in Malta and Gozo. This was followed by Cecilia Xuereb who spoke about the work in Malta and her experiences as “a major criticism.”
Dr. Xuereb introduced the panel, who spoke of their experiences from the theatre or festival they represented, as well as any difficulties encountered.
There were also several interventions from those present who mentioned that more opportunities should be made for artists, as well as the need for more knowledge of opera, especially for children.
Among those present for this conference there was Mr. Frank Cassar on behalf of the Minister for Gozo and Speaker Emeritus Mr Anton Tabone.
MUSIC + scheme was supported by Ministry for Gozo NGO Assistance Scheme for Voluntary Organisations in Gozo.
Photographs: Joe Grech