The Maltese Opera Libretto

Malta University Press has just published The Maltese Opera Libretto – A Catalogue of the librettos in the University of Malta Library by Paul Xuereb.

The University of Malta Library has a rich collection of opera librettos published for the use of opera goers in Malta between the late 18th century and the late 20th century. Many of these librettos were formerly in the collection of the late M.A. Borg (1868-1939) impresario and playwright, purchased by the Library in 1980. This catalogue tries to establish the publisher or printer as well as the date of publication of each item, and to give as far as possible in a uniform way the names of singers named (often partially or carelessly) in the cast-lists. The catalogue is preceded by the first study published hitherto of the Maltese libretto, and is followed by full indices of titles, composers and librettists.

Dr Paul Xuereb will be speaking on the Maltese Libretto at a public lecture in a series of lectures by Din L-Art Helwa:
 
Thursday 22nd April, 2004
6.00 pm
Din L-Art Helwa
Melita Street
Valletta

This book will be on sale at a pre-publication price of  Lm10.