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  • Nurturing a love for opera

    Malta’s young classical singers are on the rise. It’s not just Beyoncé our young budding vocalists want to emulate and jiggy to; some dream of taking on the big dramatic roles of the bel canto, which still rock the operatic scene. Now, these...

  • Gozo’s main classical music festival is back

    Conductor and musician Colin Attard, with his wild, curly hair, is a familiar figure on the local music scene, especially in his native Gozo. His energy is as boundless and dynamic as his hair, and I know few local musicians who are as energetic...

  • Rhythm is a pianist

    Gabi Sultana’s solo piano recital at the Music Room of St James Cavalier included a selection of post-1950s compositions, some of which featured extended techniques such as piano string plucking, playing clusters of notes using the forearm and...

  • A lenten tribute to Duruflé’s Requiem

    In keeping with the spirit of the Lenten period, the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing with the Schola Cantorum Jubilate (choir director Mark Gauchi) to present one of the most subtle and fluid compositions based on the Gregorian...

  • Political intrigue, opera seria style

    La Clemenza di Tito was performed in Malta for the first time as part of the Manoel Theatre/BOV Performing Arts Festival.Review by Albert Storace. There are certainly far more popular Mozart operas than La Clemenza di Tito. But a joint dream of...

  • When the arts meet Italian gastronomy

    Music, visual arts, literature and gastronomy are coming together in one event, which is being organised by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura and l’Accademia Italiana della Cucina, together with the Italian Embassy. The evening features soprano...

  • The darker side of American psyche

    Hollywood has a history of celebrating blue collar workers – people at the lower end of the income spectrum; people struggling to realise the elusive American Dream or simply fighting the injustices brought on by corporate America. From the 1940s...

  • Simon Cowell hails X Factor spoof show

    Simon Cowell said attending the world premiere of Harry Hill’s The X Factor spoof musical I Can’t Sing! was like seeing his second baby born this year. The music mogul – who last month became a father for the first time – is one of the show’s...

  • New Churchill film role for Kevin Spacey

    Hollywood star Kevin Spacey has been lined up to play Winston Churchill in a new film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Captain of the Gate will chronicle the former prime minister’s rise to power as he led Britain during World War II. Ben...

  • Giant fallen angels made of rock bring fantasy to Noah

    Rain lashes down from the heavens while hungry followers of Cain trample over each other for a spot on Noah’s massive wooden ark. The end is inevitable and, of course, not pretty. Director Darren Aronofsky, best known for dark and unrelenting...

  • The beauty in despair

    Out of the Furnace (2013)Certified: 15Duration: 116 minutesDirected by: Scott CooperStarring: Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Zoe Saldana, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe, Sam Shepard, Boyd HolbrookKRS release Set in 2008, Out of the...

  • Universal shows clips from Fast & Furious 7, Jolie film

    Cars falling from the sky in Fast & Furious 7, clips from Angelina Jolie’s directorial project Unbroken, and the first look at erotic novel adaptation Fifty Shades of Grey provided a glimpse of Uni­versal Pictures’ upcoming movies. In the footage...

  • Masterclasses and much more

    The Mediterranean Cultural Foundation for Music and Mediterranean Centre of Culture and Art, in collaboration with the Malta Community Chest Fund and the support of Yuri Rozum’s International Music School in Malta, are organising the Malta...

  • For love of opera

    A Maltese company is currently very busy in Rome preparing for its first major event – a full-blown opera in the heart of Rome. Ars Cantandi, a trade name of company Piemmegi Ltd, is teaming up with a newly set-up Italian philanthropic entity,...

  • Placebo perils

    TheatreThe PillThe Splendid, Valletta In labs all over the world, scientists are still toiling away looking for a miracle cure to quell all ills – an as-yet unattainable goal which keeps modern medicine on its toes. In their version of ‘the...

  • Schumann, Glinka, Enescu and Franck at Manoel Theatre

    Two of Malta’s most talented young musicians, violist Karl Mifsud and pianist Charlene Farrugia, are performing an exciting recital of 19th and early 20th century music at the Sala Isouard, Manoel Theatre, tomorrow. The programme features Robert...

  • Rediscovering the Gregorian chant

    The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra is joining forces with the Schola Cantorum Jubilate choir to present Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem, Op. 9. Aptly being staged during Lent, this requiem is one of the most subtle and fluid compositions based on...

  • ‘My best buddy’s a Muppet’

    Actor Ricky Gervais has joked about swapping human companions for frog friendships after starring in the new Muppets film. The 52-year-old funnyman, who plays Dominic Badguy in Muppets Most Wanted, admitted he is now best friends with his...

  • Disney buys You Tube producer

    The Walt Disney Co. has agreed to buy Maker Studios, one of You Tube’s largest networks, for $500 million, a deal that makes Disney a major online video distributor and should help draw more teens into the Disney entertainment empire. The price...

  • 50 Shades ‘a dark fairy tale’

    The director of racy movie Fifty Shades of Grey said she tells her children it is “a love story they’ll never see”. Film-maker and artist Sam Taylor-Johnson described the erotic romance story as “a dark fairy tale”. The film, based on the book by...

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