Celebrating Handel and Mozart

Celebrating Handel and Mozart

Celebrating Mozart and Handel

Extraordinary Soprano Dorothy Baldacchino will be giving a remarkable recital at a lunchtime concert at the Oratory of St. Francis on Tuesday 18th October 2016. The soprano will be singing the works of two brilliant and influential composers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Georg Frederic Handel.

The soprano will sing excerpts from Handels operas, such as Semele, Giulio Cesare In Egitto, Serse and Agrippina, followed by excerpts from Mozarts operatic repertoire, mainly consisting of Cosi Fan Tutte, Don Giovanni, La Clemenza Di Tito and Le Nozze Di Figaro

Baroque composer George Frederic Handel was born in Halle, Germany, in 1685. In 1705 he made his debut as an opera composer with Almira. He produced several operas with the Royal Academy of Music in England before forming the New Royal Academy of Music in 1727. When Italian operas fell out of fashion, he started composing oratorios, including his most famous, Messiah. Handel died in London, England, in 1759.

Born on January 27, 1756, in Salzburg, Austria, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musician capable of playing multiple instruments who started playing in public at the age of 6. Over the years, Mozart aligned himself with a variety of European venues and patrons, composing hundreds of works that included sonatas, symphonies, masses, chamber music, concertos and operas, marked by vivid emotion and sophisticated textures.



Dorothy Baldacchino studied voice and interpretation under the direction of soprano Miriam Cauchi.  Dorothy read a B.A. (Hons) in Theatre Studies at the University of Malta, attaining a distinction for her dissertation tracing the pedagogical approaches towards the synthesis of the actor-singer-musician in opera interesting.


Dorothy featured in several recitals and opera productions both locally and internationally. She participated in the Internationale Musikatage fur Jugendliche, Germany, and in the United Kingdom with the Dorset Operas production of Bizets Les Pheurs de Perles. In 2007, she was Pamina in the children's adaptation of Mozart's The Magic Flute at the Manoel Theatre. Her repertoire includes Pergolesi, Handel, Mozart and Bernstein.


Dorothy received guidance in actor training with Aleateia Theatre Group, with whom she participated in premiere productions locally and internationally such as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with Drowning Lilies receiving excellent reviews. A believer in the holistic performer, Dorothy worked into direction and production as assistant stage director to Italian director Mario Corradi for the productions of Verdis Macbeth (Teatru Astra - Gozo, 2007), Puccinis Turandot (Teatru Astra Gozo, 2008), Gonouds Romeo et Juliette (Teatro Coccia Novara Italy, 2009) and Verdis Rigoletto (Teatru Astra Gozo, 2009). She assisted as well Marco Gandini for the production of Puccini's La Traviata (Teatru Astra - Gozo, 2010). Dorothy has also worked in voice drama workshops aimed for children with special needs.



The lunchtime concerts are aimed at giving a platform to local and foreign artists and moreover, it gives the audience the opportunity to experience the best music of the world in the charming oratory. 


The oratory has an interesting history, since before the alterations carried out at the beginning of the 20th Century, the large chamber was used as the Refectory for the religious community. It was then transformed into an oratory, adorned by magnificent baroque paintings, a magnificent gilded altarpiece and original monks benches.


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:




Handel            Semele

Handel            Giulio Cesare In Egitto

Handel            Serse

Handel            Agrippina

Mozart            Cosi Fan Tutte

Mozart            Don Giovanni

Mozart            La Clemenza Di Tito 

Mozart            Le Nozze Di Figaro


Dorothy Baldacchino (Soprano)