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Paphos’ Aphrodite Festival to feature L’Elisir d’Amore

The ‘Pafos Aphrodite Festival 2013’, to take place on September 6, 7 and 8, will open with the popular, romantic, comic opera L’Elisir d’Amore (The Elixir of Love) by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti.

The performance will be delivered by Opera Futura Verona and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

The director and artistic director of the project is Paolo Panizza,  and the conductor is Matteo Salvemini.

Included in the group of performers are acclaimed soloists such as tenors Alessandro Luciano and Paolo Fanale, sopranos Stefania Bonfadelli and Paola Santucci, the bass Marco Bussi and baritone Alessio Potestio. Participating in the group of performers are compatriots artists, Alex Moskofian (baritone) and Stella Georgiou (soprano)

Panizza said when he heard the “The Elixir of love” for the first time he was astonished by the purity of its music and its characters. “Having in mind this first impression and affected by feelings, I envisioned an ideal scenery, dramatic of course, built however on bright tones than a rural and exotic countryside,” he added.

The opera will be held in the medieval castle.

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