The Ave Marias

The Ave Marias

Soprano Marita Bezzina will be performing a remarkable and popular programme The Ave Marias on the 10th May 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:


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