Pafos Aphrodite Festival-The Elixir of Love

Celebrating 15 years of continuous presence in the cultural life of Cyprus and having presented remarkable performances by internationally acclaimed operas, the «Pafos Aphrodite Festival» is this year giving the music loving public of Cyprus the opportunity to enjoy the famous, romantic, comic opera "The Elixir of love "by Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti in an performance of international scope, both in terms of artistic quality, and organization.

This year's "15th Pafos Aphrodite Festival» will be held on the weekend of the 6, 7 and 8 September at the Medieval Castle of Pafos, involving a team of established artists from the Opera Futura from Verona and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.

Speaking at a press conference, President of the Company and Pafos Mayor Mr. Savvas Vergas said: "This year's 15th Pafos Aphrodite Festival embodies a particular character, which is defined by significant events. It is being organized in the Culture Capital of Europe for 2017. The institution of the Pafos Aphrodite Festival played a catalytic role in the success of the city and our province, since through its course as an institution of international scope; it highlights the potential of Pafos in European cultural affairs, prospects and orientations on the European cultural map. An important innovative feature of this year's event is the choice of project, since this is the first time it is being performed on stage at the Pafos Aphrodite Festival". Mr. Vergas also noted that: "The fact that the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra is participating in this year’s joint production of the Pafos Aphrodite Festival alongside the Opera Futura from Verona is also relevant, as it meets our targets for the promotion and participation of Cypriot artists. It also marks the beginning of our efforts to implement the great vision and the underlying objectives of the Company, which is the organization in the near future of a purely Cypriot production ".
In conclusion, the President of the Board of the «Pafos Aphrodite Festival» thanked institutional sponsors and other sponsors and supporters of the Festival for their significant support provided to the festival.
The popular opera by composer Gaetano Donizetti, «The elixir of love" alongside the acclaimed and experienced artistic team the Opera Futura Verona and the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra are a combination guaranteeing the success of this year's festival. Director and Artistic Director of the project is Paolo Panizza and the conductor is Matteo Salvemini. Included in the group of performers are acclaimed soloists such as tenors Alessandro Luciano and Paolo Fanale, sopranos Stefania Bonfadelli and Paola Santucci, the bass Marco Bussi and baritone Alessio Potestio. Participating in the group of performers are compatriots artists, Alex Moskofian (baritone) and Stella Georgiou (soprano).
Also present at the press conference were the Minister of Education and Culture Mr Kyriakos Kenevezos, President of the CTO Mr. Alekos Oroundiotis, the Italian Ambassador in Cyprus Mr. Guido Cerboni, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education and Culture and the Chairman of the Board for the Foundation of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra Ms Olympia Stylianou and representatives of sponsors and supporters of the festival.
Photos: L’Elisir D’amore. Opera Futura Verona