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Cape Town Opera

Cape Town Opera
  1. VAN BEETHOVEN – FIDELIO IN CONCERT

ARTSCAPE OPERA HOUSE

MARCH
27 – 19:30
29 – 15:00
R100, R160, R200, R280

Fidelio, Ludwig van Beethoven’s sole opera, speaks passionately about the composer’s deeply held beliefs about freedom and liberty — views that would be further underscored in the composer’s Ninth Symphony, with its choral finale set to Friedrich Schiller’s “Ode to Joy”. Fidelio tells the story of a young woman, Leonora/Fidelio, who goes undercover as a young male prison warden where her husband, Florestan, is unjustly being kept prisoner. Fidelio’s plan is to find a way to — somehow — free her husband. The opera is based (admittedly loosely) on a true story known to Beethoven’s librettist. With its stirring choruses and soaring vocal ensemble music, Fidelio is a perfect opera for a performance in concert. This production is being performed in honour of the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, as well as in commemoration of South Africa’s Human Rights Day. Fidelio and its message of freedom was first performed in 2004 to mark the 10th anniversary of a democratic South Africa by Cape Town Opera in the actual exercise yard of the Robben Island prison. Johanni van Oostrum will sing her first Leonore, Mandisinde Mbuyazwe appears as prison governor Don Pizzaro, and Brittany Smith sings the role of Marzelline. Amy Jephta has written new narrations especially for this production, and Maestro Jeremy Silver will conduct the Cape Town Philharmonic in this vast work.

TICKET PRICES R100 – R280
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Sponsored by the City of Cape Town and the Rupert Music Foundation.

 

 

AT THE MID HOUR OF NIGHT

25 FEBRUARY, 20:00

BAXTER CONCERT HALL, RONDEBOSCH

Sarah-Jane Brandon and Gary Matthewman, weave together a charming programme of beauty, seduction, mystery and magic as they explore the endless possibilities offered to us by night. With songs by Mendelssohn, Berg, Strauss, Bachelet, Debussy and Novello.

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TICKET PRICES: FULL PRICE R250, SENIOR CITIZENS R150

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SONGMAKERS’ GUILD AND UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN OPERA SCHOOL

 

 

DAME KIRI TE KANAWA RESIDENCY

29 FEBRUARY, 19:00

FUGARD THEATRE, CAPE TOWN

The iconic New Zealand soprano Dame Te Kanawa’s last visit to South Africa was in 1995 for the Rugby World Cup, and we are thrilled to welcome her to the Mother City 25 years later. Join us for an evening interview in conversation with Dame Kiri, to talk about everything from singing at the wedding of Charles and Diana and her extraordinary career to her foundation for young singers and South African opera stars. The interview will be co-hosted by CTO Artistic Director Matthew Wild and CTO Board Vice-Chair and Cape Talk presenter Africa Melane.

TICKET PRICES: R125

BOOK THROUGH THE FUGARD

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSION, THE FUGARD THEATRE AND UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN OPERA SCHOOL.

 

3 MARCH, 19:30

BAXTER CONCERT HALL

With over 40 years of performances at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Vienna State Opera, Paris Opera, La Scala, Sydney Opera House and more, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa brings her mastery of the operatic art form to an evening of masterclasses with students from the University of Cape Town Opera School and Cape Town Opera Young Artists Programme.

TICKET PRICES: R125

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IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NEW ZEALAND HIGH COMMISSION, THE FUGARD THEATRE AND UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN OPERA SCHOOL

LORD! COME AWAY!

BRITISH MUSIC FOR VOICES AND STRINGS
1 MARCH, 15:00
HUGO LAMBRECHTS MUSIC CENTRE, PAROW

This Sunday afternoon concert provides a dramatic sweep across centuries of glorious British music for voices and strings, along with a work by South Africa’s much-loved Hendrik Hofmeyr. Lord! Come away! comprises Vaughan Williams’ fervently impassioned Four Hymns for tenor and viola, Benjamin Britten’s dramatic cantata Phaedra for mezzo soprano, and Dido’s heart-wrenching Lament by Henry Purcell, and is an essential concert for lovers of British and South African musical composition. Directed by the English conductor and pianist Gary Matthewman.

TICKET PRICES: R80

BOOK WITH CAPE TOWN OPERA

IN COLLABORATION WITH THE SONGMAKERS’ GUILD AND UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN OPERA SCHOOL

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