Reinventing opera at the Malta Summer Festival
From a theatrical production for young audiences, international artists and dance events to a full-fledged opera gala, MPO presents the Malta Summer Festival.
Seeking to present opera in an innovative way, the novel festival aims to increase the visibility of the genre, especially among younger generations. Reflecting the momentum of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra (MPO) in recent years, highlighted in Grand finalewith the end-of-season 20/21 audiovisual concert reaching one million views online, the commitment of internationally renowned artists underlines the quality presented at the next MSF (Malta Summer Festival).
The star-studded line-up, led by Vittorio Grigolo, takes audiences on musical journeys through some of the most important lyrical repertoires on nights dedicated to celebrating the genre.
Artistic direction by Oliver Díaz, musical director of Zarzuela Theater and principal conductor of the Barbieri Symphony Orchestra, the use of digital platforms and interdisciplinary art forms will be combined with edutainment projects aimed specifically at young audiences. As such, the mission of making opera more accessible and engaging is central to the festival’s curation.
Children will have the opportunity to appreciate Mozart in a theatrical setting, with a lively and collaborative show of music, costumes, projections and lights with the Malta Youth Orchestra, Beginner’s guide to opera is the community project of the festival.
Intimate chamber concerts will feature international musicians such as Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra principal violist Amihai Grosz and soprano Alma Sadé Moshonov teaming up with local musicians, as the festival acts as a bridge promoting Malta as a hub of arts and culture while leaving a legacy for the country’s creativity. ecology. Maltese composer Nicolò Isouard is also celebrated at the festival.
Taking place in Malta and Gozo, Fort St Elmo serves as the idyllic setting and hosts the main festival events. With awe-inspiring visuals also being an integral part of opera culture, Malta Summer Festival artwork draws inspiration from opera sets, the vibrancy of summer and the cultural heritage of Malta. ‘island.
Starting on July 13 and running until July 21, the Malta Summer Festival is presented by DFO in conjunction with the Malta Arts Council and the Malta Tourism Authority with support from Hilton Malta, Ministry of Gozo and Ministry of National Heritage, Arts and Local Government.
All information about the festival is available here.
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