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The Malta Philharmonic OrchestraBrian Schembri conductor – Joseph Calleja tenor

PROGRAMME Celebration - Knights of Malta Ballet Suite Charles Camilleri Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schön - Die Zauberflöte W. A. Mozart Ach! so fromm - Martha F von Flotow Un Giorno di Regno Giuseppe Verdi Questa o quella - Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi La donna è mobile – Rigoletto Giuseppe Verdi Intermezzo - Alpino Carlo Diacono Ah! lève-toi, soleil! - Roméo et Juliette Charles Gounod Pourquoi me réveiller - Werther Jules Massenet   Recondita Armonia – Tosca Giacomo Puccini Il-Kebbies tal-Fanali Joseph Vella Net, tolko tot kto znal Pyotr Tchaikovsky La Tregenda – Le Villi Giacomo Puccini E lucevan le stelle – Tosca Giacomo Puccini Ô souverain, ô juge, ô père – Le Cid Jules Massenet

The Mediterranean is a unifying theme of the BOZAR multiannual programme. This almost mythical sea flows between islands and peninsulas, linking three continents. It is the birthplace of empires and civilizations. After Cyprus (2012) and Greece (2014), we drop anchor in Malta to the proverbial fanfare of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by maestro Brian Schembri. La donna è mobile from Verdi’s Rigoletto, E lucevan le stelle from Puccini’s Tosca and other legendary operas and arias are highlights of the programme, alongside Knights of Malta Ballet Suite by Malta’s national composer Charles Camilleri (1931 – 2009). For this ballet the composer takes inspiration from the Order of Malta or Order of Saint John, a medieval order of knights that still exists in Belgium in the form of a non-profit organization that helps the sick and the poor.

Concert to mark the 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union.