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  • La Traviata at the Aurora

    Aurora Opera House this year raises a glass to La Traviata and its famous Brindisi with a full-scale production of one of Verdi’s most famous opera. Just as Verdi completed Il Trovatore and La Traviata in succession, the Gozitan opera house has...

  • A celebration of life in its rawest forms

    A celebration of life in its rawest forms

    With an almost 400-year history at its stamping feet, Flamenco needs no introduction. Taken from the Spanish word for ‘flamingo’, a bird not exactly known for its shy and retiring nature or plumage, flamenco is loved worldwide (there are...

  • Astra’s Nabucco set travels to Italy

    Astra’s Nabucco set travels to Italy

    Following the staging of Nabucco at the Astra Theatre, the scenery and props that were constructed by the backstage team at the theatre were chosen for a similar production which was staged at Stadio 105 Rimini, Italy. The scenery was devised,...

  • It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

    It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing

    Maltese Swingers brings together the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, swing DJs and musicians in one event. Musical director Sigmund Mifsud tells us more. Where did the inspiration from the event come from? This is not the first time that Daniel...

  • Nobody wanted to leave

    Nobody wanted to leave

    Two recent acoustic performances by Scottish post-punk band The Twilight Sad at St James Cavalier, Valletta, did a lot to restore my faith in local demand for what I like to call non-popcorn music events. The band, which won the award for Best...

  • Veronica Rotin launches first song collection

    Veronica Rotin launches first song collection

    Veronica Rotin, a 10-year-old female singer who was also a finalist in the fourth edition of the hit television programme Io Canto, has been busy in the recording studio in the past couple of months. The singer has just finished putting together...

  • A journey to uplift the emotions

    A journey to uplift the emotions

    A long, extended weekend of events brought about the performance of some of the most beautiful and appealing works in this year’s edition of the Valletta International Baroque Music Festival. The venues were the church of All Souls, the Manoel...

  • A resounding and encouraging finale

    A resounding and encouraging finale

    The final concert of the Malta International Organ Festival was given in St John’s Co-cathedral, Valletta. The recital was given by Estonian organist Andres Uibo. Not only did this concert include works for solo organ, but the organ also formed...

  • Of Handel and humanity

    Of Handel and humanity

    The trouble with today’s music scene is that decades of easily-accessible, recorded material often conditions our experience of concerts and gigs. As I walked into St Paul’s Anglican Pro-Cathedral for Handel’s Messiah by the Goldberg Ensembles of...

  • Science fiction set to music

    Science fiction set to music

    A relative new addition to the local scene, The Cosmic Sect, was born through the chance meeting of musicians Jimmy and John Bartolo with Los Angeles-based producer Alex Fairman. Fairman had seen the two playing at a bar in Mellieħa and...

  • Where did the birdsong go?

    Bye Bye Birdies is a joint collaboration between artists Matyou Galea and Aaron Bezzina. The concept for this collaboration was born after a conversation centred around the lack of bird song in Malta. The artists created a site-specific,...

  • Rembrandt’s later years

    Rembrandt’s later years

    Sandro Debono reviews Rembrandt – The Late Years, which will be moving from London to Amsterdam in the context of the very latest developments concerning Rembrandt studies. Last year was a special year for Rembrandt, recognised by many as the most...

  • A worthy debut

    A worthy debut

    My Old LadyDirector: Israel HorovitzStarring: Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith107 mins; Class 12;Eden Cinema Release In France there is a quaint – if complicated – real estate arrangement known as the viager, in which a buyer...

  • An ambitious, sweeping film

    An ambitious, sweeping film

    BirdmanDirector: Alejandro Gonzalez IñárrituStarring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton119 mins; Class 15;Eden Cinema Release One question Birdman throws up is whether its protagonist Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is seriously...

  • The slush pile

    Things I learnt over the holidays: New Year’s Eve, with its retrospective mood and all our social media feeds flooded with best of 2014 lists, is not the best of days to read a depressive, mental illness institutionalisation and grief book. But...

  • To crave or not to crave

    To crave or not to crave

    Ed eats PekingTriq it-TuristiQawraTel: 2158 0696 Food: 5/10Service: 6/10Ambience: 6/10Value: 7/10Overall: 6/10 We use the word ‘crave’ quite liberally. It’s bandied about as a synonym for want, need, desire and even a transient whim. I very rarely...

  • Top rated films for 2014

    Top rated films for 2014

    The most popular films released by KRS Releasing Ltd between December 2013 and December 2014 were, starting with the top rated and continuing in order: Maleficent (3D); The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (3D); The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (3D);...

  • A loving ode to Fleur-de-Lys

    Lino Gauci Borda: Tentuf mill-Memorji. BDL, 2014. 120 pp. When I received Lino Gauci Borda`s book Tentuf mill-Memorji, I read it within half a day. It is a book full of memories about Fleur-de-Lys, where the author has lived for over 70 years and...

  • Winter in my Gozo kitchen

    Winter in my Gozo kitchen

    Apart from warming casseroles and soups, and every possible excuse to spend an afternoon baking, winter in my Gozo kitchen is a time for making preserves, especially marmalade. And how not? I see oranges in profusion on my neighbour’s trees. Local...

  • Not as great as expected

    Not as great as expected

    American SniperDirector: Clint EastwoodStarring: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner132 mins; Class 12;KRS Releasing Ltd American Sniper arrives on our shores on the strength of strong critical acclaim, six Oscar nominations and a €90...

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