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Il-Qtates ta' max-Xatt, Opra ghat-Tfal

Type

chamber opera

Instrumentation

5 singers + 1 actor + cl (bcl), pno, perc (wdbl, BD, TD, SD, tgl, Sus-cym, xylo), vln, vcl

Duration

35'

Year

2018

Commissioned by

Teatru Malta and Three Palaces Festival

Premiere cast

Ruth Sammut Casingena: Nanna/ Pippistrell
Clare Ghigo: Kannell
Francesca Aquilina: Pinzell
Jean Pierre Busuttil: Nannu
Sean Borg: Cippitatu
Louis Andrew Cassar: Pilatu

Sofia Narmania: Piano
Noel Beck: Clarinet
Joseph Camilleri: Percussion
Maria Conrad: Violin
Christopher Greenhalgh: Violincello

Librettist: Clare Azzopardi
Director: Denise Mulholland
Production Manager: Nicole Blackman

February 2018
Maritime Museum (Birgu, Malta)

Librettist

Clare Azzopardi

Language

Maltese

Il-Qtates ta' Max-Xatt (The cats of thes hore) explores the sensitive subject of loss through the eyes of a group of singing stray cats who struggle to come to terms with the ‘disappearance’’ of two of the most important people in their life.

Based on the book of Clare Azzopardi, Il-Qtates ta’ max-Xatt invites audiences, young and old to indulge in this melodious interpretation of a story that explores one of children’s greatest fears through the cheerful mediums of puppetry and song.

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