Astra Theatre in Gozo will be exporting opera set to Sicily

Nowadays, Gozitan scenography is been exported to Sicily. The Astra Theatre has completed the construction of the opera set “Cavalleria Rusticana” by Pietro Mascagni, which will be staged four times this month by the Coro Lirico Siciliano.

The Astra Theatre La Stella Philharmonic Society of Victoria, Gozo, has just staged scenes for the opera Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni which will be staged in Sicily by the Coro Lirico Siciliano. The scenography will be used four times in productions that will take place this month at the Vincenzo Bellini Garden in Catania, at the Greek Theatre of Tindari, at the Roman-Greek Theatre of Taormina and at the Greek Theater of Syracuse.

The scenography was designed by the Gozitan artist and scenographer of the Astra Theatre, Joseph Cauchi together with Andrew Portelli.

“When we talk about scenography with foreign directors, we are impressed by the kind of scenography we manage to stage. So the scenography at the Astra Theatre is much sought after by locals and as we are doing here, much sought after by foreigners as well. ”

The Astra Theatre had staged the opera Cavelleria Rusticana in 2006. This is not the first time that an artistic product of this theatre has been exported. Seven years ago, the same scenery and costumes of the opera Nabucco were sent to Rimini, Italy.

Due to the pandemic, for the second year in a row, the Astra Theatre had to postpone two performances of the lyrical opera Carmen which were scheduled to take place towards the end of next October. President of the La Stella Society, Michael Formosa, said, that this experience will serve as an opportunity for the Astra Theatre to offer a taster of a small part of its artistic potential this year as well.

“It is gratifying for the Astra Theater that despite all the problems of recent months, through its strong volunteering aspect, it has managed to put together this set that will do honor not only to the Astra Theatre, but to Malta and Gozo. ”

This project is being carried out with the help of the Directorate for Cultural Heritage within the Ministry for Gozo.