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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 (0)22478100
email: contact@pjazzateatrurjal.mt


MCO Big Band at the Malta Jazz Festival 2018

A jazz big band consisting of seventeen musicians from the Malta Concert Orchestra, under the direction of Paul Abela, will be joined on stage by special guests Stjepko Gut (trumpet) and Gabriele Comeglio (saxophone) in performing the Kansas City Suite by Benny Carter written for the famous Count Basie Orchestra. Benny Carter wrote Kansas City Suite in 1960 picturing the elements of Kansas City stomp jazz and tailored for the big brash sound of the Count Basie band. To Benny Carter, the different streets and places in Kansas City – where so many of the jazz greats lived and worked, and where so much of jazz history was written – evoked a mood, a remembrance of things past. He has, for this reason, titled the selections of this suite after these very same streets and places. The Kansas City of the '20s and 30s is now a legend, and the music that saw its beginnings there has since developed and moved into the mainstream of today's jazz.

Tickets: Free Entrance


First love, betrayal, heartache and forgiveness … we’ve all been through them, and that’s what makes Giselle resonate so deeply in our hearts. This iconic Romantic ballet has stood the test of time, not just because of the otherworldly beauty of its “white” act, with its ethereal ghosts floating through the forest, but because of the universal passion and drama of its storyline.

A young girl falls in love with an aristocrat in disguise. When she realises his deception, the shock sends her mad and she dies. Raised from her grave by the vengeful Queen of the Willis, she must summon all her tenderness and strength to save her lover from destruction.
Giselle is a compelling story of love, betrayal and salvation.

They say that it is better to have loved and lost, than not to have loved at all. Will this sentiments ring true in the hauntingly beautiful tale of Giselle? The breathtaking yet heart-wrenching tale of romance and betrayal. Giselle a ballet in two acts, remains to be one of the longest-standing and well-loved classics in the ballet history.

Giselle: Pjazza Teatru Rjal Saturday 4th August 2018 at 21:00h, with a cast of 80 dancers, featuring choreography by Erico Montes (Royal Ballet) after Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, set to a rich score by Adophe Adam; Starring Luzia Lopes (Royal Swedish Ballet) as Giselle, Erico Montes (Royal Ballet) as Albretch & Tatiana Lebedeva as Berthe Giselle`s mother.

Tickets: ticketline.com.mt or Embassy Cinema Box Office
Early Bird discounts for bookings in May & June 2018.

Notte Italiana

Following on from last year’s success, the second edition of Notte Italiana, performed by the Malta Concert Orchestra, under the direction of Joe Brown, promises to bring about true Italian spirit through some of Italy’s most famous all time favourites.

Tickets: €10 & €15 | Family ticket €20 | Students & Senior Citizens €5

Women in Music - Ira Losco

Held under the stars at Pjazza Teatru Rjal, Ira Losco & Friends - Women in Music aims at bringing together women in the industry, local and international, who have contributed to the Maltese music scene in some way or another. The concert will unite artists who excel in different genres and who, in a unique way, bring forth the right elements for a vibrant show which celebrates women, their creative collaboration and looks to inspire audiences of either gender and of all ages. The choice of repertoire features songs from some of the greatest international and local female artists together with some upcoming new artists' work. Ira Losco & friends will be accompanied live by an eight-piece band and promises to be a night to remember.

Edvin Marton in Concert

Edvin Marton is an Emmy Award winning composer and performer who has captured the hearts of audiences on 5 continents. Having studied at such prestigious schools as Tchaikovsky Music School in Moscow, Music Academy in Budapest, Music Academy in Vienna and Juilliard School of Music in New York, Edvin has established himself as a true romantic virtuoso in the classical crossover genre. He has sold over 5 million albums worldwide and played over 1,000 concerts in such iconic venues as Berlin Philharmonic Hall, Vienna Concert Hall or the Shanghai International Festival.

L-Għanja tal-Poplu | Festival tal-Kanzunetta Maltija

L-Għanja tal-Poplu is a live music festival devoted to the strengthening and preservation of new original songs written and performed in the Maltese language. Songs competing for the title of L-Għanja tal-Poplu deal with a variety of themes relating to the experiences of the Maltese people – social issues, hopes, dreams, and traditions. The festival awards artists who contribute significantly to the creation of songs in the Maltese language and seeks to engage audiences with these productions. Singers will have the unique opportunity of singing to the accompaniment of the Malta Concert Orchestra under the direction of Paul Abela and Joe Brown.

AIDA - Giuseppe Verdi

Aida, Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece, where war comes into conflict with love.

In this opera God is hitched up to the chariot. The invisible one leads the troops. Murder and plundering are done in his name.

Opera Spanga presents Verdi’s Aida in a time which demands awareness. The great world conflicts, the most obvious examples being the wars in Syria, Yemen, Nigeria and other hot spots are brought almost physically closer through Corina van Eijk’s production. Aida is about war, hate, love and forgiveness. Verdi wrote this opera as an obvious appeal for peace. It is no coincidence that peace ('Pace') is the last word of the opera. This series of performances and the peripheral program 'De Rottige Meente als podium' demonstrate how useless, how disastrous are hate, vengeance and war.

It would be nice if the audience were convinced that war is an outdated instrument. This is a conclusion which each and every person can draw in his own life. As Brecht said, "Stell dir vor, es ist Krieg, und keiner geht hin ..." (Suppose they gave a war and nobody came.) We are all responsible for war and its perpetuation.

Tickets: €27 & €48
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The Swingles in Concert

For more than half a century The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft. Over the years the group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting with his groundbreaking Sinfonia. In addition to a busy touring schedule that regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia, The Swingles present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world.

Tickets: €10, €15 & €20 | Family ticket €20 * | Students & Senior Citizens €5 *

Chinese Moon Festival Performance

The Chinese Moon Festival, also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival, is the second most important traditional Chinese festival (after the Spring Festival) to be celebrated across China. Owing to the symbolic wholeness of a large and luminous full moon during this period, it is widely associated with sentimental connotations of unity with loved ones , enjoying the company of those close by under a bright moonlit sky and transmitting affection through far-reaching moonlight to others afar. Outdoor entertainment and artistic performances are an an all time favourite means of celebrating this annual festivity. 2018 brings a fusion of dance and acrobatics forged from splendid cultural legacy of China`s Fujian province, a verdant south eastern coastal region, tea paradise and birthplace of the ancient Maritime Silk Road.
Performances / Concert Malta Philharmonic Orchestra Floriana, Malta, 1, Triq John Lopez
Performances / Theatre Manoel Theater Malta Valletta, 115, Old Theatre Street
Performances / Performance Notre Dame Theatre Żabbar, Sanctuary Street,
Performances / Performance Malta School of Music Hamrun, 32, Joseph Abela Scolaro Street Hamrun