Malta Arts Events is pleased to announce that it will be holding yet another prestigious musical performance. The first production for 2014 is the world renowned rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, which will be performed on 11th, 12th and 13th April and the Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta.
Jesus Christ Superstar is a rock opera that needs no introduction. Written and composed by Tim Rice and Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jesus Christ Superstar is one of the most successful musicals of all time, having more than 3350 repeated performances when it was first introduced in London. Indeed, Jesus Christ Superstar is as well-known and frequently performed as The Phantom of the Opera, Cats and Evita, which also form part of Webber’s portfolio of works.
The musical portrays the last seven days of Jesus Christ’s life, highlighting his arrival in Jerusalem, expulsion of merchants from the Temple, the Last Supper, Judas’ betrayal, the judgements handed down by King Herod and Pontius Pilate, and of course, the crucifixion.
Malta Arts Events is very proud to be showcasing this timeless musical, through the powerful performances of seasoned artists Dušan Vitázek, Petr Gazdík and Ivana Vaňková, members of the Brno City Theatre in the Czech Republic.
About Malta Arts Events
Malta Art Events (MAE) is dedicated to create artistic spaces where performers working in different forms of art can expose their talents. Set up 4 years ago, the company supports musicians, singers, dancers and artists alike to collaborate together and use art as a language that is understood by everyone.
MAE organise events like concerts, plays, musicals, operas, dance shows and exhibitions, both in Malta and overseas. All events are of the highest quality to offer our Maltese guests and foreigners alike, an unforgettable experience.
Being artists ourselves, involved in music and dance, for us, art is a tool that defines the way we behave, think and portray our lives. It makes us feel special and through it we seek to convey emotions, thoughts and images. We stand by this mission to give artists the support needed to develop creative performances and to invite the audience in becoming part of our world and experience the magic of art.
Radka Zemanova – Events Director
A ballet dancer and soloist, Radka Zemanova completed her studies at Prague´s State Dance Conservatory in 1996. She furthered her studies at the National Theatre in Prague and participated in the ballets Swan Lake, Giselle, Copellia, and Sleeping Beauty. In 1998 she also took part in musicals and operettas in the Karlin Theatre in Prague. During this period she danced in musicals including Hello Dolly, The Merry Widow and Bat.
In the year 2000, Zemanova collaborated with one of the most famous Czech choreographers, Robert Balogh and toured with his company in an extensive tour across Europe.
Since then, she has been organising ballet performances and duets for classical concerts in Prague, Vienna and tours to China and Japan, as well as organising ballet tours for the performance of Romeo and Juliet , and Damma with cammelias in Spain.
In 2008 she organised opera tours in Germany (Nabucco, Carmen, La Traviata). Within the same period, she performed in the musicals Golem and Dracula at Theatre Hybernia in Prague. In 2009 she prepared the ballet Swan Lake at the Theatre Hybernia. She also collaborated with Czech choreographer Alena Pešková to present a ballet performance of Carmen.
Damiano Binetti – Artistic Director
Damiano Binetti studied at the Music Conservatory Niccolò Piccinni in Bari and graduated with honours. Under the guidance of soprano Anna Maria Balboni, he studied singing and became interested in the operatic repertoire. He also studied the art of directing an orchestra with Maestro Maestro Piero Bellugi.
In 1991 he moved to Prague, where he won a scholarship and enrolled at the Faculty of Music – HAMU – taking courses in composition and conducting. His training was guided by the Czech Orchestra directors Frantisek Vajnar, Radomil Eliska, Joseph Kuchynka and Jiri Belohlavek.
Binetti caught the eye of critics when he was unanimously proclaimed music director of the Prague Madrigalists. Subsequently he was appointed music director of the Mozart Chamber Orchestra, a position held until 2006.
In 2003, Binetti became artistic director of the National Theatre of Silesia in Opava in the Czech Republic.
In 2005 he was honoured with the prestigious Thalie Award for the production of Norma by Vincenzo Bellini at the National Theatre of Prague.
Binetti has recorded numerous works, from opera to symphony. His more notable collaborations include Czech Radio and Television, RAI – Italian Radio and Television, Radio Bremen in Germany, Deutsch Bayerisch Radio in Monaco, Belgium National Radio, Croatia Television and Radio France International.
Over the past two years, Malta Arts Events has been working hard to produce high quality performances.
- Mozart’s Requiem, in collaboration with the Metropolitan Charter,
- The Best of Romeo and Juliet: Classical Ballet by S. Prokofiev
- Verdi and Wagner Opera Gala, with the involvement of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra and the New Choral Singers, Conducted by Damiano Binetti.
- Chirstmas Gala Ballet: with the involvement of Nina Poláková (prima ballerina – Vienna State Opera), performing pieces from Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, amongst others.
- Viennese Night Christmas Gala: Viennese musicians, singers and dancers in collaboration with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra
- Classical Ensemble: harmonic overtures from Bach, Vivaldi, Bizet, Mozart and Brahms
- Viennese Night: Viennese opera singers and dancers together with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Damiano Binetti. A selection of Viennese music featuring works by Strauss, Lehar, Kalmann, Waldtuefel, Suppe, Offenbach.