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Pjazza Teatru Rjal

The “Royal Opera House” was designed in 1861 by the English architect Edward Middleton Barry, who had designed several prominent buildings in London including Covent Garden and the National Gallery. It was inaugurated on October 9, 1866 with Vincenzo Bellini’s opera I Puritani. On Sunday evening of May 25, 1873 during the rehearsals of Giuseppe Privitera’s opera La Vergine del Castello, the theatre accidentally caught fire and its interior was extensively damaged. Restoration works were taken up immediately and, after nearly four and a half years from this accidental fire, the theatre reopened with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida. For many years, the Royal Opera House in Valletta served not only as an important launching pad for aspiring opera singers but also as the prime theatrical venue of Malta. This was the place where Military Officers, British Royalty and Maltese enthusiasts came to enjoy staged entertainment of the highest quality, both in the field of music as well as that of drama. The Royal Opera House was held to be one of the most beautiful and awe-inspiring Opera Houses in Europe.

On the evening of Tuesday April 7, 1942 the theatre suffered its second tragedy when it was devastated in an aerial attack by Stuka dive-bombers. Its pristine interior and most of its side walls came crashing down and one of Malta’s cultural and architectural landmarks ended up in miserable ruins. Only the numerous Corinthian columns and peripheral hard stone base survived. After many attempts to rebuild the theatre, in 2006 the government announced a proposal to redevelop the site to provide a new location for the House of Parliament. Renzo Piano was entrusted with the project and, after having dissuaded the Government from building a Parliament on the opera house site, chose to construct the Parliament building on Freedom Square and to convert and use the ruins of the opera house as an open-air theatre. Thus the Pjazza Teatru Rjal came to be. It was officially inaugurated on August 8, 2013. It is regarded as a monument that stands for the heroism, tenacity and dignity of the Maltese who stood against enemy action in the Second World War. At the same time the newly built theatre shows an aspiration to preserve past culture with a promise to create and nurture new artistic ideas.


Pjazza Teatru Rjal
Casa Cassar
Triq il-Vittorja
MLT-1050 Valletta

fon: +356 22478100
email: contact@pjazzateatrurjal.mt



The first in the 2019 Iljieli fit-Teatru series will be dedicated to one of Malta's leading Singer-Songwriters, Corazon, who will be sharing the creative process behind the art of songwriting with the audience.​

Tickets: Entrance is free but tickets need to be booked.


Polish Pianist residing in Malta, Julia Miller, will be playing a programme for solo piano including two of Schubert's imprompti, a selection from Chopin's waltzes and nocturnes and his Fantasie Impromptu, and two studies by Polish composer Szymanowski


For the first time ever, Nickelodeon is bringing its stage show to Malta. Join your favourite Nickelodeon characters as they take to the stage for a show filled with fun and laughter.


Singers Jackie Pace Delicata, Angela Tirchett, Josef Tabone, Clive Muscat, Ozzy Lino and Jasmine Abela will be joining the Malta Concert Orchestra on stage to perform some of the all time pop music favourites such as Eye in the Sky, Can’t Stop the Feeling, Hey Jude, Uptown Funk and much more.



In 1977, American astronomer and astrophysicist Carl Sagan was invited by NASA to curate a time capsule to be sent into outer space on the Voyager spacecraft. This time capsule, the famous Golden Record, would give intelligent life a snapshot of Earth’s diversity, sounds, feelings and thoughts through 116 images encoded in analog form. Fascinated by this intriguing event, ŻfinMalta’s artistic director and choreographer, Paolo Mangiola, has teamed up with visual artist Austin Camilleri to create this dance production, set to an original electro-acoustic score by Veronique Vella, with costumes designed by Luke Azzopardi. Voyager propels its audience into a place of introspection and exploration of what it means to be human, reflecting on who we are as actors on a small stage in a vast cosmic arena; a fragile, pale blue dot in the enveloping darkness. Pjazza Teatru Rjal and ŻfinMalta are proud to present this dance work by an exceptional team of local creatives.


Pjazza Teatru Rjal has become synonymous with high level jazz productions. This jamboree will bring together international artistes of the highest calibre for a unique Jazz extravaganza.

Free Entrance ​

Suċċessi Maltin

The Malta Concert Orchestra, under the direction of Paul Abela, will bring back to life some of Malta’s best-loved and evergreen songs performed live by the Greenfields, Mary Spiteri, Mary Rose Mallia and Tony Camilleri (L-Għannej).

Booking opening soon


Massimo Lopez, crooner and showman like no other, performs a selection of swing classics, in which he will revisit the milestones of some of the all-time greats such as Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jimmy Van Heusen, Richard Rodgers and others. A series of successes ranging from the 30’s to the 50’s, made famous by great performers like Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, and Sammy Davis jr such as "Fly me to the moon", "My way", "I've got you under my skin" and "Theme from New York, New York" to mention but a few.

Lopez’s love for this style was cultivated for many years before it blossomed thanks to the collaboration with one of the most prestigious Italian jazz and swing formations, the Jazz Company led by Gabriele Comeglio who will also be leading the Big Band of the Malta Concert Orchestra in this spectacular concert. Comeglio’s illustrious career included collaborations with Grammy Award winners such as Bob Mintzer and Dee Dee Bridgewater and with important Italian pop stars such as Fabio Concato, Lucio Dalla, Mina, Ron and Franco Battiato amongst others.

In typical Massimo Lopez fashion, the concert will include funny gags, monologues and the same irresistible, trademark imitations that had led him to great TV success fusing the great Sinatra-Bennet-Davis masterpieces with imitations of politicians past and present, from Antonio Di Pietro and Romano Prodi to Giuseppe Conte as well as some of the great Popes in history.
Performances / Concert Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Floriana, Malta, 1 Triq John Lopez
Performances / Theatre Manoel Theater Malta Valletta, 115, Old Theatre Street

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