Thirteen photographers guided by the librettist himself, Mr. Ġorġ took several pictures of the old city of Birgu (Vittoriosa). Birgu is Mr. Peresso’s native town hence he knows it inside out and could thus provide a unique historical perspective to the photographers. The photographs are an essenitial part of the design proċess.

Ms.Therese Debono

Therese Debono is a visual artist working in the medium of photography. She is most comfortable capturing stories by shooting out in the streets, depicting the mundane yet extraordinary life of humans - while remaining equally fascinated with the aloof clouds passing by up above.

Graduated from the University of Malta with a MFA in Digital Arts and currently finalizing an MA in Cultural Heritage, her aspirations are varied but always include a camera in hand and a spring in her step capturing life as it happens. She is currently a lecturing Photography at Mcast and University of Malta.

Set and Costume Designer

Nicky Shaw

Nicky is an international set and costume designer living in London.

She trained at West Sussex & West Surrey Colleges of Art & Design and works mainly in opera, but also in theatre, musical theatre, t.v. and film.

Nicky has designed productions for many leading opera companies, both nationally (including, Royal Opera House; Scottish Opera; Welsh National Opera; Glyndebourne Opera and Garsington Opera) and extensively in Europe (including, Royal Danish Opera; Danish National Opera; Royal Swedish Opera; Komische Opera; Frankfurt Oper; Mariinsky Theatre; and Théatre Royal de la Monnaie), as-well-as productions in Seoul, South Korea (Opera Theatre and Towol Theatre).

In addition to her career in theatre, she has worked as an interior and exhibition designer. For fashion designer and businessman Jasper Conran she produced and designed the set for a show at London Fashion Week and assisted him on interiors for one of his private houses. Nicky has also collaborating with architect and exhibition designer Tim Pyne, playing a crucial role in his winning Millennium Dome zone Living Island. Nicky is honoured to be one of three judges for this years Linbury Prize for Stage Designers.

The Old City of Birgu (Vittoriosa)