Caravaggio’s musical debut tonight

The primary musical about Caravaggio, whose work are drawing guests to Malta from all over the world, opens tonight and runs till Sunday on the Mediterranean Convention Middle in Valletta.

Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio’s Beheading of St. John, referred to as “one of the vital necessary works of Western portray,” hangs in St. John’s Cathedral.

The spectacular chiaroscuro (shadow and lightweight) type of the masterpiece is a method synonymous with the artist.

Unhappy, evocative and an aura of ever-present hazard,” the Caravaggio musical opens tonight. Picture by Darren Agius.

Numerous books, articles and researchers have delved into the thoughts of the fiery Italian genius. However that is the primary time that his story shall be dropped at life in an authentic musical.

Caravaggio the Musical – The Rise and Fall of a Tormented Genius will inform the story of the artist’s expertise, but additionally reveal his darker aspect; his fixed involvement in fights and fights with the legislation, which compelled him to flee and search refuge with the knights. Saint John in Malta.

Music by Paul Abela and lyrics by Joe Julian Farrugia.

Director Malcolm Galea mentioned there had by no means been a musical about an artist who left such an enormous legacy in Malta.

“There are completely different musical types, however all of the numbers within the present will be safely described as epic,” Galea informed the Occasions of Malta.

“There are some fast-paced, toe-tapping numbers, however these are counterbalanced by heartbreaking ballads that serve to spotlight the protagonist’s numerous phases of despair.”

However that is not all.

“The author got here up with the concept to have the present narrated by two characters, Chiaro (mild) and Scuro (darkish), performed by Neville Refalo and Katerina Fenech,” Galea mentioned.

“They’re designed as reverse sides of the protagonist’s psyche, every representing a distinct excessive of the bipolar character.”

Galea described probably the most tough a part of the musical as ensuring the present appeared aesthetically pleasing.

Actors and dancers rehearsing for an upcoming musical about Caravaggio's life.  Photo by Darren Agius.Actors and dancers rehearsing for an upcoming musical about Caravaggio’s life. Picture by Darren Agius.

He mentioned the musical was not historic, so it couldn’t be a “interval piece”, however he thought the trendy costumes didn’t match the plot.

“The design group and I finally went for a period-based look, however with fantastical tones to emphasise the protagonist’s mindset.”

Galea described the type of the musical as “calm and evocative, with an ever-present aura of hazard”.

He hopes that along with a memorable evening within the theater, the viewers could have an thought concerning the tragic lifetime of the artist.

“If extra individuals can have a dialog about Caravaggio, I would say mission achieved.”

Caravaggio is performed by British actor Cameron Walker-Pow, who has been in Malta since mid-August, working full-time on the position.

He’s supported by an ensemble of singers and dancers from Malta, Italy, Nice Britain and Latvia.

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