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Clare Ghigo & Rachel Gauci | #7 MSA’s 100 years at Palazzo de La Salle celebrations concert

20 September, 2023 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Concert No. 7 in this series of concerts curated by Karl Fiorini on the occasion of the Malta Society of Arts’ 100 years at Palazzo de La Salle celebrations

Concert with Clare Ghigo (voice) and Rachel Gauci (piano)


Francis Poulenc | Banalités
Reuben Pace | Tħobbni ma tħobbnix
Leoš Janáček | Sonata 1.X.1905
Josie Mallia Pulvirenti | Kanti
Benjamin Britten | Cabaret Songs

Programme in detail:

Banalités – Francis Poulenc

  • Chanson D’Orkenise
  • Hôtel
  • Fagnes de Wallonie
  • Voyage à Paris
  • Sanglots


Tħobbni ma tħobbnix – Reuben Pace

  • Inti bħal Siġra
  • Epigram A
  • Tħobbni jew ma Tħobbniex
  • Kif nista nghid
  • Issa Ħallejtek Tmur
  • Int
  • Tgħidliex


Sonata 1.X.1905 – Leos Janacek


Kanti – Mallia Pulvirenti

  • Srambotto
  • Forse
  • Scherma


Cabaret Songs – Benjamin Britten

  • Tell me the truth about love.
  • Funeral Blues
  • Johnny
  • Calypso


Tickets at €15:


Clare Ghigo is a highly accomplished mezzo soprano with an impressive operatic repertoire and a versatile approach to both theatre and music. With a passion for both classical and contemporary works, she has performed numerous roles in operas by Mozart, Puccini, Humperdinck, Monteverdi, Bizet, Rossini, and others, as well as contemporary pieces by renowned composers.

In addition to her operatic performances, Clare has given recitals in various cities around the world, including San Francisco, London, Paris, Berlin, Bethlehem, and Luxembourg. Due to the ongoing events, she has also participated in several video productions, including an adaptation of Beethoven’s Fidelio/ Leonora with The Strada Stretta Concept, Trouser Girl, a superhero film with the Teatru Manoel Toi Toi project for Ziguzajg, and chorus in Ravel L’enfant et les sortileges with Virtual Opera.

Her most recent project, the Stabat Metric project, was created in collaboration with the Gozitan visual artist Joseph Calleja and funded by the Malta Arts Council. Currently, Clare forms part of the English National Opera chorus, as well as being an ENOA (Aix en Provence) and a Solti Accademia Del Bel Canto scholar. With her dedication to both the classical and contemporary repertoire and her impressive achievements as both a singer and researcher, Clare Ghigo is a true standout in the world of opera.


Rachel Gauci recently graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland under the tutelage of Prof Fali Pavri, Sinae Lee and Sasa Donaldson. Prior to her studies in Scotland, Rachel studied locally with Gisèle Grima. This was followed by studies in France with Véronique Muzy and Andrea Corazziari. Rachel has been invited to perform in several masterclasses with acclaimed musicians such as Petras Geniušas, Aaron Shorr, Roy Howat and Mikhail Petukhov.

As a collaborative pianist, she has enjoyed working with vocal coaches Malcolm Martineau and Lydia Brown. She has also been awarded several scholarships to attend a series of international masterclasses in South-West France namely ‘Music at Albignac’ (2018) and ‘Music at Château d’Aix’ (2019, 2022) with Paul Roberts and Charles Owen.

Last year, Rachel was selected to attend two weeks of masterclasses and performances at the coveted Mozarteum University in Salzburg. Rachel is the recipient of several competitive scholarships from Malta Arts Scholarships, Arts Council Malta and the Janatha Stubbs Foundation. She is also a BOV Joseph Calleja Foundation Scholar.


Wednesday 20 September 2023

8pm to 9pm


Concert Hall of the Malta Society of Arts,
Palazzo de La Salle, 219, Republic Street, Valletta




20 September, 2023
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Palazzo de La Salle
Republic Street
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