The scenes are being designed by B.Theatre students under the guidance of Architect Adrian Mamo who is a professional in this area. The students have built a physical model of the stage of the venue where the operas shall be performed and are designing the scenery accordingly.

David Mallia

An 18 - year old University Student studying Bachelors in Communications & EU Studies with a passion for architecture. Through a number of lectures of Staging skills and practices together with a number of students & a talented architect, we have concluded the designs necessary for SWAR, an opera being held next year in preparation for Valletta 2018. Through media and communications, there are specific areas which overlap in Architecture, therefore being part of the team definitely helped define this project.

Work in Progress Photos


Thirteen photography students from the Digital Arts Department of the Media and Knowledge Sciences at the University of Malta, guided by their lecturer Ms. Therese Debono took several pictures of the old city of Birgu (Vittoriosa). During this street photo session they were guided by Mr.Gorg Peresso the librettist of the first opera (which takes place in Birgu). Birgu is Mr. Peresso’s native town hence he know it inside out and could thus provide a unique historical perspective to the students. The photographs are being used to help the scene design students (see above) and some of them shall also be edited and used as projections as an integral part of the visual aspect of City of Humanity.

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.

The Old City of Birgu (Vittoriosa)