Another good reason to go to Gozo


Teatru Astra proudly announces two performances of Verdi’s Nabucco on Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 October 2015. It will be exactly 20 years after it was performed at the same theatre that a new and exciting production will be put on at the Astra with a formidable cast leading the way.

This year leading the cast is formidable Italian baritone Piero Terranova, who has sung in major European opera houses such as La Scala, amongst others. The difficult role of Abigaille will be tackled by another Italian singer, this time soprano Silvia dalla Benetta. Famous for her scintillating yet dark texture, with an extensive range and a penchant for coloratura, Silvia dalla Benetta promises to be a superb Abigaille.World-famous bass Carlo Colombara will be singing the role of the High Priest, Zaccaria. Considered by critics to be the ideal Verdi bass, his is a powerful voice, beautiful in tone and dark in timbre, one that has seen him earn rave reviews for roles such as Philip II in Don Carlos, Ramfis in Aida and many others. He has sung in the major theatres across the world alongside singers and conductors of equal repute, namely, Placido Domingo, Maria Guleghina, Antonio Pappano and Zubin Mehta, to name just a few. No newcomer to the Astra stage, Cliff Zammit Stevens will debut on the islands with a lead tenor role, that of Ismaele. Having already performed with flying colours the roles of Goro in Madama Butterfly and Cassio in Otello, Cliff is endowed with a crystalline, mellow texture that is ideal for the role of Ismaele. Fenena will be sung by Olga Slepnynova, who patrons remember from her wonderful performances of Suzuki in Madama Butterfly and Emilia in Otello last year.

Enrico Stinchelli, of La Barcaccia fame, will once again be responsible for the artistic production while Joseph Vella, Astra Theatre’s Musical Director and Mediterranea’s Artistic Director, will be directing the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the two performances.

Booking is open. Call on 21550985 or send email on for more details. Visit the festival website on which will carry the latest updates and information on the opera and festival.

Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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