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Apollo et Hyacinthus is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756-1791)’s first venture into opera and was composed when Mozart was merely 11 years old. This November, this rarely performed work will be making its way to the Teatru Manoel stage.

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Apollo et Hyacinthus is Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s (1756-1791)’s first venture into opera and was composed when Mozart was merely 11 years old. 

Despite his young age, this opera already showed evident signs of mastery with the musical form. Rarely performed, this opera is based on the story of Hyacinth and Apollo from Greek mythology which tells the tale of the love between Apollo and the young Spartan prince Hyacinth, as well as the murder of Hyacinth due to Zephyrus’ jealousy.

In this interpretation of Apollo et Hyacinthus, Director Fabio Ceresa gives a new flavour to Mozart’s piece through an opulent rendition of the opera complemented by set and costume design by Giuseppe Palella. This important work in the history of opera will be taking the stage at the historic Teatru Manoel for two performances this November.

Creative Team:

Director - Fabio Ceresa
Set & Costume Design - Giuseppe Palella
Conductor - Giulio Prandi
Ensemble - Arianna Art Ensemble 


Apollo - Filippo Mineccia
Hyacinthus - Federico Fiorio
Melia - Claire Debono
Zephyrus - Danilo Pastore
Oebalus - Raffaele Giordani
Sacerdos - Albert Buttigieg

  • Doors open at 18:30
  • Minimum Age: 11 years
  • Performance may be filmed or photographed. By purchasing tickets, you are automatically consenting to the possibility of being caught on camera.
  • Only Parterre Boxes are wheelchair accessible.
  • Concessions are applicable to senior citizens (over 60 years), persons with a disability* (on presentation of a valid disability card), students (on presentation of student card), European Youth Card holders (on presentation of card), and minors (between 11 -16 years)
*Persons with a disability can send an email to christian.debono.2@festivals.mt for a complimentary companion ticket (on presentation of a valid disability card).

The Valletta Early Opera Festival is being organised by Festivals Malta in collaboration with Teatru Manoel, and is supported by Istituto Italiano di Cultura La Valletta and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, the Arts and Local Government. 

For more information about the Apollo et Hyacinthus and about events by Festivals Malta, please visit www.festivals.mt.