Claire Debono is a Maltese soprano who graduated with an MMus from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she studied with Laura Sarti. Recent operatic roles include: Anne Trulove (The Rake's Progress) for Théatre de la Monnaie; European and New York tour of Idomeneo (Illia) with Les Arts Florissants, including performances at the Lincoln Centre, Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Peralada Festival and Teatro Filarmonico di Verona; Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) and Hanako (Hanjo) for Opéra de Lyon; Concert performance of Don Giovanni (Zerlina) and for Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie on their tour of Japan; Vespina (Infedelta Delusa) at the Aix-en-Provence Festival, La Gloire (Armide) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and, Isabelle (L'Amant Jaloux) in Versailles and Minerva (Ritorno d'Ulisse) in Madrid.
VIBE (Valletta International Baroque Ensemble) is the resident ensemble of the Valletta International Baroque Festival. It was born out of a cultural need for Malta to have its own ensemble specifically focused on the study and performances of baroque music, including a rich repertoire of Maltese baroque works.
The ensemble consists of predominantly Maltese musicians, guided by foreign baroque specialists. VIBE seeks to perform music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods in an historically informed way on original instruments. The formation of the ensemble is an important legacy of the festival which has grown from strength to strength since its inauguration in 2012.
The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra was founded on 1st April 1968 and was originally known as the Manoel Theatre Orchestra. It comprised a number of musicians who previously formed part of a chamber orchestra in the employ of the Commander-in-Chief of the British Navy (Malta), better known as the C-in-C Orchestra that was disbanded one day earlier. It was the orchestra in residence at the homonymous theatre and regularly performed operas and symphonic concerts under the direction of its resident conductors Joseph Sammut (1968-1992) and Michael Laus (1992-1997). In September 1997 the orchestra became an independent body and was officially named as the National Orchestra of Malta. Ten years later, in December 2007, the Orchestra started the process to augment its musicians complement to Philharmonic levels launching itself as The Malta Philharmonic Orchestra on the 12th January, 2008.