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If music be the food of love

If music be the food of love

Mezzo soprano Althea Troisi De Menville will be performing a delightful programme of arias at the Monastery of St. Augustine in Old Bakery Street, Valletta on Tuesday the 23rd January 2018 at noon.

The programme is a fine selection of glorious arias from the Baroque era and also nineteenth century Italian arias.  The lunchtime concert will feature works by Vivaldi, J.S. Bach, Mozart, Faure, Handel and Grieg. Moreover, the programme will also include selections from operas such as Una voce poco fa from Il Bariere di Sevigilia by Rossini, an aria from Bizets Carmen; and another aria from Verdis Don Carlo.  Pianist Julia Miller will be accompanying the singer and performing Intermezzo from P. Mascagnis Cavalleria Rusticana.

Althea Troisi De Menville is a young, promising Maltese mezzo-soprano. Born in 1996, she began her musical education at the Malta School of Music in 2002 where she studied Music Theory (Grade 7), Piano (Grade 7, tutor Marco Rivoltini) and Violin (Grade 5, tutor Ann Marie Chetcuti). She has been studying Classical Voice under the tuition of Karmene Radovska since 2012. In November 2017, under Karmene Radovskas guidance, she obtained the Associate of Trinity College London (ATCL) Singing Recital Diploma. Althea has been a regular participant in international vocal masterclasses in Ventspils, Latvia 2014,2016, 2017 with tutors Joy Mammen (U.K), Snezana Brzakovic (Germany), Maija Kovalevska (Latvia) and masterclasses of German Lied with Professor Wolfgang Holzmeir (Austria) in 2017. 

Her rst international success was in 2016 where she took part in the 2nd International Singing Competition, The Alida Vane Award (Latvia) and placed rst in the junior section. In 2017, she won the most promising mezzo soprano award and Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevskas prize in the 3rd Intonational singing competition - The Alida Vane Award (Latvia) for professional opera singers. Althea was awarded rst place in the opera category of the Maltese Islands Festival in December 2017.

From 2013 till 2017 Althea was a soloist with Teatru Manoel Youth Opera. Notable roles include Public Opinion, Offenbach Orpheus in the Underworld, October 2016 (Conductor Philip Walsh, UK, Director Brock Roberts, USA, Malta Philharmonic Orchestra) and Sorceress, Purcell Dido & Aeneas, October 2015 (Conductor Alice Furnham UK, Director Jonathan Cocker, UK, Valletta International Baroque Orchestra) both operas opened the season at the Teatru Manoel, Malta. In 2015, she was a soloist with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra performing Nicolo Isouard operatic music. Currently she is a member of the Monteverdi Project led by Mro. Marco Mencobini (Italy) and Valletta International Baroque Ensemble (VIBE), and a member and soloist of Coro Cathedralis, directed by Mro. Hamish Dustagheer (UK) at St Johns Co Cathedral, Valletta. Besides operatic music, Althea has already made three solo recitals with sacral music and art songs in April 2016, November 2017 and January 2018.

Along with her music skills, Althea graduated in Law from the University of Malta in November 2017 and is also a qualied TEFL English teacher (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). She is uent in Maltese, English and Italian and can understand French. Currently she works as a vocal teacher at School of Performing Arts, Malta and Masquerade, Malta.

 

Visitors have the opportunity to visit the interesting chambers of the monastery which are adorned with beautiful and historical sacred ornaments after the concert for free. Proceeds from the event will go to the restoration project of the Augustinian Monastery. Tickets, 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.com.