Bank of Valletta and Teatru Manoel have taken their annual collaboration to a new level by launching the ‘Teatru Manoel Performing Arts Festival’. The Festival is a series of events that spans 16 days and reaches a climax with the production of Giuseppe Verdi’s ‘Il Trovatore’. The Festival commences on March 2 and the Opera will be staged between March 15 and 18.
Ray Attard, CEO at Teatru Manoel and Kenneth Micallef, Head CEO’s Office at Bank of Valletta launched the 2012 Festival against the unmistakeable background of the Theatre’s 270-year old stage.
“Bank of Valletta and Teatru Manoel are today celebrating the launch of a season of performances at Teatru Manoel under the auspices of the newly formed BOV Cultural and Heritage Trust. Our relationship, which dates back to the year 2000, is one built on innovation and investment in Malta’s performing arts,” said Kenneth Micallef. “We are confident that this Festival, one that brings together an unprecedented breadth of talent, will continue to raise the bar that we have already established together,” continued Mr Micallef.
Speaking during the launch, Mr Attard said “Strengthening commercial relationships and Corporate Social Responsibility for our national theatre were two of our main areas of focus during the 2011/2012 season. We are proud to be working with some of Malta’s leading brands and companies. Of course, our long term relationship with BOV is something that we cherish and appreciate and we are proud to be signing a three year agreement with the Bank that will strengthen our vision for sustainability of the national theatre. It also reinforces the position of Teatru Manoel as an essential landmark, leading to our capital city being the European Capital of Culture in 2018.”
The Teatru Manoel BOV Performing Arts Festival 2012
– The Performances
Filumena Marturano –
2nd, 3rd and 4th March 2012
Teatru Manoel in Collaboration with ‘Talenti’
The curtain opens on Domenico Soriano, 50, a wealthy Neapolitan shop-keeper who is raging against Filumena, 48, a former prostitute. They lived together for 26 years as husband and wife and she has cheated him, pretending to be near to death, and convincing him to marry her in extremis. Domenico, however, would rather marry Diana, a young girl, who is already in the house pretending to be a nurse. Filumena reveals the real reason for the marriage to Domenico: she wants to create a family for her three children (Umberto, Michele and Riccardo) who have no idea of who their mother really is.Domenico is not going to allow this and asks his lawyer, Nocella, to annul the marriage. Filumena speaks to the young men telling them that she is their mother. Filumena accepts the defeat of the annulment, but tells Domenico that one of the three children is actually his. All attempts to find out who his son is fails, and Domenico, after 10 months remarries Filumena accepting to be the father of all three.
Chamber Music for Viola and Piano
6th March 2012
An evening of chamber music featuring Gerard Causse’ on the viola and Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro at the piano in works by Hindemith, Beethoven and Franck.
Spotlight On – Juliette Bisazza
8th March 2012
A vocal recital by participants from Maltese soprano Juliette Bisazza's master classes.
Spectacle of Dance by Puerto Flamenco
10th March 2012
A spectacular evening of Iberian dance by Puerto Flamenco, an eclectic flamenco company from the heart of Seville, employing current trends in authentic flamenco full of unrestrained energy, raw emotion and commanding virtuosity promises an overwhelming response from international audiences and reviewers alike.
Il Trovatore – Giuseppe Verdi
15th, 16th, 17th and 18th March 2012
Following the success of last year’s BOV production of Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, the opera will once again be conducted by Damiano Binetti with the participation of Kim Kisun and Antonino Interisano alternating as Manrico, Katarina Vovkova and Liana Sass alternating as Eleonora and Svatopluk Sem as the Conte di Luna. Maltese bass Albert Buttigieg will be taking on the role of Ferrando.
Further information can be obtained from the Teatru Manoel Booking Office on 2124 6389 or through the Theatre’s website on www.teatrumanoel.com.mt