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Madama Butterfly at Teatro Astra

I conducted two performances of Puccini's Madama Butterfly at the Tearo Astra on Thursday 25 and Saturday 27 October. The opera featured a world class cast with Daniela Dessi in the title role, Fabio Armiliato as Pinkerton , Carlo Guelfi as Sharpless and Olga Sliepnova as Suzuki. Minor roles... Read More

Slovak/Maltese Evening

On 19 October at San Anton Presidential Palace a concert featuring works by Slovak and Maltese composers was played to a large invited audience, presided over by HE The President and Mrs Abela. The concert was presented by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Rome, The Honorary Consulate of the... Read More

New CD Publication

CONCERTOS 2 is the title of the latest publication in the series of CD's devoted solely to music by Joseph Vella. This CD is in fact the 27th one in the series. It is Called Concertos 2 to complement another one with the title Concertos. Like the latter, this CD also includes 3 concertos by... Read More

Review on Corriere della Sera

Giovani artisti e “nuovi” suoni in arrivo dal cuore del Mediterraneo: l’”Arts Fund” dell’isola di Malta presenta un composito ensemble e un variegato programma, nel Chiostro del Conservatorio, prima della proiezione del film “Terraferma” (ore 21.30). Un decano della musica... Read More

Malta Mon Amour

This is the title of a concert of Maltese works which was played in the Sala Puccini at the Conservatorio di Milano on Saturday 1 September. The occasion, organized by young composer/conductor Andre Paul Huber, featured three works  by Andre Paul himself (Soliloquy for Clarinet, Double Bass and... Read More

Pinocchio in Musica

This year is the 50th Anniversary of the foundation of the Fondazione Nazionale Italiana Pinocchio. To mark the occasion, the Fondazione’s committee decided to commission a new work celebrating the adventures of the well known puppet.  Andrea Ottanelli was entrusted to write a libretto... Read More

Victoria International Arts Festival Closing Concert

The closing concert of the Victoria International Arts Festival was played on Monday 9th July in a Grand Concert featuring the Laudate Pueri Choir and the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra. This year being the 15th Edition of the Festival, the Committee and I decided it would be a good idea if I... Read More

Malta Arts Festival

One of the featured concerts in this year’s Malta Arts Festival presented the Parisii String Quartet  from France.  On the 10th of July, at the Auberge de Castille they gave a concert together with Maltese guitarist Simon Schembri.  The quartet included an incisive performance of my own... Read More

Inaugural Concert – Victoria International Arts Festival

The opening of this year’s fifteenth edition of the Victoria International Arts Festival was celebrated by the participation of the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra.  This concert, which I conducted, featured one of my major works, namely the Concerto for Violin.  Soloist was Italian virtuoso... Read More

Concorso Mozart

I attended this event Quinto I Vicentino, Italy, (18th - 20th May) with a sense of great involvement.  Not only was I asked to Chair the Jury, but I was also very much a part of the performing side, in that each discipline involved had to include one of my pieces as a test piece, namely, Flute... Read More