Barocco Foundation – Lunchtime Concert

2 Apr 2024 - 00:00

Of Light and Darkness – Drama in Opera’s characters

Our Lady of Victory church in Valletta will once again host a splendid lunchtime concert organised by Barocco Foundation in collaboration with Din l-Art Ħelwa on Tuesday 2nd April at 12:30pm. This recital invites you to indulge in a delightful feast where the wonderful voices of established operatic soprano Ekaterina Kudravtseva and well-known baritone Ken Scicluna intertwine to take us into the realms of passion and drama. The duet will be accompanied by talented pianist Milica Lawrence.

The programme begins with the sparkling “Un voce poco fa” from Il Barbiere di Siviglia by G. Rossini followed by the poignant beauties from G. Verdi’s masterpiece La Traviata with “Un di, Quando le Veneri” and “Addio del Passato”.  Ekaterina and Ken will then enter the tragic world of G. Verdi’s Rigoletto with the powerful aria, “Cortigiani, vil razza dannata”, followed by the tender father-daughter bond “Piangi, Fanciulla”. Another two arias from Rigoletto will follow suit, the youthful innocence and charm of Gilda in “Caro nome” and the electrifying aria “Si Vendetta”.

Milica will delight us with a piano intermezzo from ‘La Traviata’, which will be followed by ‘Pieta`, Rispetto, Amore’ from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera ‘Macbeth’.  This concert will conclude with the hauntingly beautiful aria of “Marguerita” from Gounod’s ‘Faust’.

The Church of Our Lady of Victory is a magnificent setting for cultural events, with its painted ceiling by baroque artist Alessio Erardi. It is the first church of Valletta, built by Grand Master de Valette and the Order of St John after their victory in the Great Siege of 1565.  It has been restored by Din l-Art Ħelwa, voluntary National Trust of Malta.

After the concert, patrons are invited for free to the cellar of the church to watch a short documentary about the building, history, and the restoration of this gem.

Of Light and Darkness -: will be held at Our Lady of Victory church, Valletta on Tuesday 02 April 2024 at 12:30pm. Entrance to the concert is at a suggested donation of €10.  One can obtain the tickets prior to the concert from the venue itself or by email: or phone 79680952.