The highly successful lunchtime organized by Barocco Foundation at the Oratory of St. Francis, Valletta, has prepared a special programme for the festive season by having three outstanding sopranos to sing during the Festive season. The last concert for this festive season will feature Soprano Marita Bezzina who will be performing a remarkable programme for this wonderful time of the year.; she will be singing the marvelous programme The Ave Marias on the 5th of January 2016. She will be accompanied by pianist Ramona Zammit Formosa.
The programme is a selection from the Marian Theme arias composed in honour of Our Lady. The selection of arias varies from excerpts taken from operas to Maltese compositions. Most of the composers are renowned international giants of the classical music world, such as Verdi, who wrote his Ave Maria in his opera Othello. Another renowned composer, Schubert also wrote an Ave Maria, which is one of his well-known compositions. Following these, there are compositions by Arcadelt, Caccini, Gounod and two Maltese compositions, one by Prof, Charles Camilleri and Mro. Silvio Zammit
Soprano Marita Bezzina amalgamated the reading of her B.Ed.(Hons.), Dip. In Educ.(Adm. & Mgmt.) M.Ed (Plan.& Mgmt) together with the development of her voice technique, in Malta mainly with the Welsh tutor Erioes Thomas Jones, and in Vienna with Prof Llasich and with Nadia Klintcharova.. She had consultation sessions with Prof. Paulo Santi, and presently is under the tuition of Juliette Bisazza Zanni. She attended the summer course for singers by the Kodlay Academy at Cheltenham Ladies College. In 1993 she placed 3rd in the Musical International Esteddfodd held in Llangollen Wales, and in 1998 won the prestigious singing competition for solo singers held in Pontweryd Wales.
She represented her country in London, Germany, Wales, Italy, Greece Tunisia, Scotland and Finland. Her Credentials include principle roles in The Mikado, Le Giaconde, Elisir dAmour, Tales of Hoffman, I Pagliacci, Hansel and Gretel Aida, Cavalleria Rusticana. Maritas concert appearances include Mozarts Requiem and Missa in D, Rutters Mangificat ,Oratorio. Elaijah Dun Gorg, World Premier of the opera Maltese Cross and the Classical song cycle Kanti Popolari, both by Prof Charles Camilleri. She has also recorded on CDS: Xeni Maltin Antology of Maltese Music, Malta, Dun Gorg, Santus Gregorious Magnus.
The venue, the baroque Oratory, was originally the friars refectory. Over the years, it had been transformed into an oratory, hence it is beautifully adorned by magnificent baroque paintings, an elaborate gilded altarpiece and monks benches. The lunchtime concerts are a wonderful way to visit and enjoy the beautiful chapel.
The events are fund raising events for the Franciscan Church, which is undergoing extensive structural restoration. Tickets for the lunchtime concerts, costing 8 euro, can be obtained from the venue itself half an hour before the concert begins. For more details phone 7968 0952 or email: baroccomalta@gmail
Schubert Ave Maria
Arcadelt Ave Maria
Mozart Ave Verum (piano)
Verdi Othello (Ave Maria)
Gibilaro Ave Maria
Anon. Hail Mary (piano)
Zammit Ave Maria
Camilleri Ave Maria
Trad. French Ave Maria of Lourdes (piano)
Caccini Ave Maria
Gounod Ave Maria