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Musical style – The three operas differ in musical style and idiom since they take place in different eras.

'Swar' (the first opera) is influenced by Renaissance and Baroque music with a touch of Pace's contemporary melodic style.

'Il-Blata Mġarrba' (the second opera) is influenced by pop music of the 20's 30's and 40's in fact this opera veers a little towards the musical.

The operas are scored for a chamber orchestra of 35 performers, a chamber choir of c.a. 20 members, 8 main singers, a children's choir. On stage bands augment the musical forces at different points in the operas.

Orchestral Conductor

Robert Ferrer

After graduating in Conducting and Tuba from the Superior Conservatory of Music "Joaquín Rodrigo" in Valencia, Robert Ferrer attended courses and masterclasses in Conducting with Manuel Galduf, later also with Sylvain Cambreling in Mainz and Luxembourg, with Zsolt Nagy in Brno and with Yaron Traub, Enrique García Asensio and Cristóbal Soler in Valencia. Furthermore, he was awarded a scholarship to continue his studies in Conducting with Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek in Madrid, Paris and London. Nowadays he is doctoral candidate in Conducting and Musicology.

Mro. Ferrer has led many notable groups as principal or guest conductor and in 2006 he founded the Ensemble Col Legno, and as its artistic director and chief conductor he has conducted various premieres of new works and other performances in Valencia and abroad.

The Johann Strauss School of Music Malta

The Johann Strauss School of Music Malta is a strong collaborator. The Jazz Combo, The Wind Band, The Children’s Choir as well as the understudies for the principal roles are all students currently studying at JSSoM which is Malta’s National School of Music.