An emergent Argentine star for Falstaff
The Aurora Opera House announces Leonardo López Linares in the title role of Falstaff which will usher in the opera season.
The announcement comes, after Paolo Gavanelli had to cancel his appearance due to an unfortunate accident, which left the Italian baritone unable to travel to honour his commitment. Thus, the administration of Gozo’s largest opera house, went on to secure the services of this emergent Argentine star. He is a household name in one of Italy’s most lavish opera venues – the Verona Arena, where he has interpreted the main baritone roles of grand operas like Turandot, Madame Butterfly, Nabucco and Aida. He debuted as Falstaff in 2011 at the Verona Philharmonic, a role for which he has earned special merit. This guarantees a homogeneous and equally world-class cast. Suffice it to say that López-Linares performed Falstaff in Verona alongside Elisabetta Fiorillo, who will also be one member of the main cast at the Aurora.
Falstaff will be the last opera at the Aurora held under the patronage of Dr George Abela, the President of Malta, who will also be in attendance. It will be held in honour of the late Colin Best, former honorary patron of the Aurora Theatre and avid supporter of the arts at the Aurora, who passed away in February 2013.
Only a few days remain to the single-performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s commedia lirica, two days on the composer’s 200th birthday, on October 12, 2013, at 19:30h.
The Aurora Theatre announced that it is offering a very limited number of seats for students at a discounted rate of €20. At present, regular tickets may be purchased online from www.teatruaurora.com, but such tickets have to be booked and requested either via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the box office on telephone: 2155 9452. On the night, holders of student-tickets need to present student identification in order to be granted access with such tickets. Otherwise, the tickets have to be redeemed in full.
Furthermore, as it is customary, the Aurora Theatre is providing a minibus shuttle service from the Gozo Ferry to the theatre after the ferry which leaves Cirkewwa at 6pm and back right after the performance. This means that opera patrons may cross the ferry as foot-passengers, leaving their vehicles parked at the Ċirkewwa terminal in Malta. This service is free of charge, but patrons who wish to avail themselves of such service are kindly asked to request such a service via email on email@example.com or by calling the administration office on 2156 2974.