L’Oasis ou je rêve - Salon Recital


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‘N’es-tu pas l’oasis ou je reve, et la gourde ou je hume a longs traits le vin du souvenir?’ Songs by Debussy, Hahn, Faure and Duparc are explored by soprano Gillian Zammit, accompanied by Lucia Micallef, with Salonniere Maria Theuma.

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‘N’es-tu pas l’oasis ou je reve, et la gourde ou je hume a longs traits le vin du souvenir?’ 

Songs by Debussy, Hahn, Faure and Duparc are explored by soprano Gillian Zammit, accompanied by Lucia Micallef, with Salonniere Maria Theuma.

Sensuality, intoxication, obsession, tenderness – to lose yourself in these feelings, to experience these heightened sensations, to feel every nerve ending in your body vibrate with the sheer ecstasy of living. Such reckless passion may be destructive but if you have never experienced it, can you say with any certainty that you have really loved? ‘Are you not the oasis where I dream, and the vessel from which I drink deeply the wine of memory?’


Over the course of three weekends, the concert hall at Palazzo de la Salle will be transformed into a fin-de-siecle salon. Traditionally an environment which sought to either please or educate, the Salon was the heart of experimentation, debate, creativity and discovery.

Each event will be hosted by a Salonniere and will incorporate not only exquisite music and performance, but poetry, letters, musings and reflections.

In keeping with the theme of ‘Decadence, Now’ the Salons will showcase some of the most beautiful repertoire in the German, French and Italian canons. Each programme will explore different aspects of decadence – the passions, the ecstasies, the risks and the consequences. 

Decadence, Now runs from May 11 to 31 at the Malta Society of Arts in Valletta. This project is supported by Art's Council Malta's Programme Support Grant, the Embassy of Austria, the Embassy of France, the Embassy of Germany, the Embassy of Italy, the Embassy of Spain, Istituto Italiano di Cultura, Heritage Malta, University of Malta Department of Art & Art History, University of Malta Department of English, Valletta Cultural Agency, Camilleri Paris Mode, MAPFRE Middlesea, MAVENRY, University of Malta - Department of Art & Art history, University of Malta - Department of English, MAPFRE Middlesea, SA Consult, Von Peach, 66 St Paul's Valletta,Transcripta, Intervisions (framers), Casa Rocca Piccola, Artemisia Fine Arts & Antiques, Express Trailers, The Malta National Archives  and is under the patronage of Valeria Limentani and Jordi Goetstouwers of the Virgata Group. 

For more information on Decadence,Now please visit www.cityofart.eu

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