News Local Paphos Aphrodite Festival presents this summer Verdi’s masterpiece Macbeth

Paphos Aphrodite Festival presents this summer Verdi’s masterpiece Macbeth

Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Macbeth was chosen for the 21st Paphos Aphrodite Festival, as the event enters its second decade in Cyprus’ cultural life. The production by the Bolshoi Theatre of Belarus will be presented on August 30, 31 and September 1, 2019, at the Paphos Mediaeval Castle.

The details of the opera production were presented on Tuesday, during a press conference in Nicosia. Paphos Aphrodite Festival Cyprus Board President and Paphos Mayor Phedonas Phedonos noted the institution’s 21 year-long creative presence, reserving a place at the epicentre of the island’s  cultural developments.

He added that it was not easy to attain the festival’s consolidation and recognition, as the opera was never considered among the popular forms of art in our island and never secured a critical mass of spectators that could sustain this kind of events.

He said, moreover, that the event continues its long path uninterrupted, having survived even during the difficult years of the financial crisis, proving thus that Paphos Aphrodite Festival has still a role to play.

Education and Culture Minister Costas Hambiaouris said that Paphos Aphrodite Festival is considered as the greatest annual cultural event in Cyprus, with international recognition. In the past 21 years, he went on, the festival contributed in strengthening the flow of cultural tourism to Cyprus, forming an eclectic audience and presenting unforgettable productions.

Deputy Minister of Tourism Savvas Perdios was represented by Andros Papageorgiou, a senior tourism officer, who noted that culture always comprised a basic pillar of Cyprus’ tourism strategy. The Deputy Ministry of Tourism continues to support quality cultural events, he concluded.

Τhe dramatic opera Macbeth (Macbetto) by Giuseppe Verdi, based on William Shakespeare`s  drama, consists of four acts with an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave. It premiered on 14 March 1847 at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence.

According to the organisers, in Macbeth, Verdi surpasses the conventional frames of his time and composes an operatic work of theatrical power and characters that possess extraordinary psychological depth and intensity, whereas with dexterous orchestration he succeeds in dramatically sketching violence, conspiracy and death.

Ticket prices range from €25 to €70 and there is simultaneous translation in Greek, English and Russian with subtitles.

(Cyprus News Agency))

Top Stories

Cyprus goes over 10 thousand covid cases, daily number remains over 200

  Cyprus has gone over 10 thousand Covid-19 confirmed infections, after the Health ministry today announced 248 over the past 24 hours, 179 out of...

New child pornography case, 34 year old man arrested

  Authorities are investigating yet another child pornography case, following a EUROPOL tip off, which resulted in the arrest of a 34 year old man...

New wrangle between Attorney General and Auditor General

  Attorney General Giorgos Savvides has called Auditor General Odysseas Michaelides to order, over his continued intention to look into so-called golden passport case files...

Confirmed covid patient refuses to self isolate, walks around in free Famagusta area-Dozens of people booked

  A woman from the free Famagusta area who tested positive for covid-19 did not self-isolate and was walking in a public area yesterday noon. She...

Covid-19 patients rise at referral hospital, now 59

  Covid-19 patients at the Famagusta General, the referral hospital for coronavirus have risen to 59. Four are being treated in the increased care unit for...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...