Valletta, Malta’s baroque capital city and a UNESCO World heritage site, will be hosting the first edition of the Valletta International Baroque Festival between January 9 and 26, 2013.
This Festival is a unique opportunity to enjoy top Baroque ensembles and orchestras in Europe within the natural Baroque backdrop of Valletta’s landmark venues namely Teatru Manoel, the President’s Palace, St John’s Co-Cathedral, baroque churches and palaces.
The international performing ensembles and orchestras include Opera Fuoco, Jeune Orchestre Atlantique, Les Talens Lyriques from France, Combattimento Consort Amsterdam from The Netherlands, The King’s Consort and Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment from the UK and New Century Baroque, a group of musicians from 11 different European countries.
International solo performers include acclaimed violinist Carmine Lauri, Emanuela Buta, and renowned countertenor David Hansen who will be sharing the stage with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. Maltese performers include Cappella Sanctae Catherinae, an all-male chamber choir as well as the Teatru Manoel Players who will be staging a Maltese translation of Moliere’s play Don Juan. This is being produced purposely for this Baroque Festival.
The festival also includes Johann Christian Bach’s opera Zenaida, Telemann’s opera Pimpinone and Handel’s ballet Terpsichore. There are also free Sunday events for the whole family. The Festival closes with a Baroque Ball at Teatru Manoel on Saturday January 26.
Booking is now open for the festival and can be made online the Festival’s official website.