Luxury cast for Aida at the Teatru Astra Print E-mail Share on Facebook Share on Twitter

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Carlo Colombara's deep authoritative bass will deliver the opening gambit to what promises to be an outstanding Aida at the Teatru Astra. The Teatru Astra management is justifiably proud to announce a top tier cast for Verdi's grand masterpiece. Alongside Verdi heavyweight Colombara features Silvia dalla Benetta in the title role. After having taken by storm the Maltese opera loving public in the killer role of Abigaille in Nabucco at the Astra two years back, the dramatic soprano is set to thrill with her lush sound infused with pathos and a brilliant musical intelligence. An Arena di Verona regular in the role of Amneris, hapless victim of her own love, Sanja Anastasia is another towering Verdi interpreter to match dalla Benetta and Colombara.

The heroic role of Radames has been entrusted to Antonino Interisano, another very welcome return to the Astra boards. Possessing an effortless strong tenor voice with ringing top notes and a beguilingly sensuous middle register, Interisano's Radames will be very hard to forget. Following last year's Malta debut at the Teatru Astra registering a resounding success in the role of Marcello in La Boheme, Devid Cecconi will be taking on the role of Amonasro. Dubbed by critics as the baritone with a voice to "set hearts aflame", Cecconi was called by La Scala to replace Carlos Alvares in the notoriously difficult role of Giacomo in Verdi's Giovanna d'Arco at the famed Milan opera house for the opening night of the current season to high critical acclaim. Petri Lindroos has been billed for the role of the King of Egypt. Endowed with a superb bass of bell like quality, Lindroos will definitely be a joy to listen to alongside Colombara.

Aida, which kick-starts the fifteenth edition of Festival Mediterranea, will performed in a double representation on Thursday 27th and Saturday 29th October at 19.30hrs and is supported by the Gozo Cultural Support Fund.

Enrico Stinchelli, of La Barcaccia fame, will once again be responsible for the artistic production while Prof Joseph Vella will be directing the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra for the two performances.

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