UPCOMING OPERAS

Join us in celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

Lucia di lammermoor

Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor

14, 16, 19, 21, & 23 June | Artscape Opera House
25, 27, & 28 July | Joburg Theatre

This June, Cape Town Opera brings Donizetti’s haunting Lucia di Lammermoor to the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town and the Joburg Theatre in Johannesburg. In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the company restages its first ever production under the direction of the celebrated founder of Cape Town Opera, Angelo Gobbato. A tale of ghosts, rivalry, and star-crossed lovers, this tragic opera is sure to leave audiences breathless with a stellar cast of Cape Town Opera singers under the baton of Kamal Khan (CPT) and Daniel Keet (JHB).

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Orpheus McAdoo

18 October – 3 November | Artscape Theatre

Orpheus McAdoo tells the little-known story of the title character, an American impresario and his African-American Virginia Jubilee Singers, who visited South Africa in the 1890s. Their tour began in Scotland, where Orpheus met Lady Loch – the wife of the British Governor of the Cape – who invited them to Cape Town. It was here some 125 years ago that the Jubilee Singers became an unlikely overnight sensation. Featuring songs inspired by early American folk music, a pastiche of minstrel songs, early ragtime and opera arias.

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My Fair Lady

12 Dec - 12 Jan | Artscape Opera House
23 Jan - 23 Feb | Teatro Montecasino

Boasting a bouquet score, containing timeless songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “Get Me to the Church on Time”, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly”, “I’m Just An Ordinary Man”, “On the Street Where You Live”,

“Show Me”, “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” this grand production is set to enthrall audiences of all ages.

This show is the standard that all other musicals are measured by!

PAST PERFORMANCES

The Sound of Music

14 Dec 2023 - 14 Jan 2024 | Artscape Theatre (CPT)
27 Jan 2023 - 25 Feb 2024 | Montecasino (JHB)
Pieter Toerien, with Cape Town Opera, present the much-anticipated revival tour of the world’s most loved musical: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound Of Music. The Sound Of Music marks the 11th and final collaboration between legendary lyricists Rodgers & Hammerstein, and features a treasure trove of popular show tunes. Opening at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre in December of 2023, the production will then transfer to Johannesburg’s The Teatro at Montecasino in January 2024.

Puccini in the Park - An Evening with Cape Town Opera

4 February | Maynardville Open-Air Festival
Experience the majesty of opera under the stars with Cape Town Opera’s Puccini in the Park, taking place at Maynardville on Sunday 4 February at 18h00. This unique performance marks the Centenary of Puccini’s death, with extracts from La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Tosca, and more. Says Artistic Director Magdalene Minnaar, “We relish the opportunity to perform in Maynardville’s magical outdoor setting and look forward to starting off our year with this beautiful open-air concert.”

Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi

14, 16 & 17 February | Artscape Opera House

Cape Town Opera commemorates the centenary of Puccini’s death with two of his masterful Operas, Suor Angelica and Gianni Schicchi. Directed by Magdalene Minnaar with musical direction by Jeremy Silver, the operas will feature casts of Cape Town Opera Soloists, Judith Neilson Young Artists, and Guest Soloists. Balancing the gravitas of Suor Angelica with the comedy and excitement of Gianni Schicchi, these productions will undoubtedly prove a worthy tribute to the great Puccini.

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Mozart Requiem

30 March | Toringkerk, Paarl
Cape Town Opera and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra’s annual Easter collaboration is back with a performance of Mozart’s evergreen Requiem. The mass – a tribute to the departed – reveals Mozart’s compositional mastery in full force, with soaring arias, powerful orchestration, and ethereal choruses. Featuring Cape Town Opera Soloists, Judith Neilson Young Artists, the Cape Town Opera Chorus, and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, this performance will be a highlight of the Easter weekend.
Shorts a festival of pocket operas

Opera Shorts: A Festival of Pocket Operas

11, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, & 21 April | Artscape Arena

Cape Town Opera presents Shorts: A Festival of Pocket Operas, three captivating and diverse bite-sized operas including the World Premiere of Conrad Asman’s new Trial by Media opera about the media’s perceptions and complexities surrounding the Oscar Pistorius trial; Poulenc’s La voix humaine, Poulenc’s a deeply moving one-act opera that tells the story of a woman dealing with her descent into dementia, and in delightful contrast, Mozart’s light comic opera,The Impresario, performed in English and adapted from the original Der Schauspieldirektor.

Featuring Cape Town Opera’s House Soloists, Judith Neilson Young Artists and with a special appearance by guest soloist Janelle Visagie, who won a Fleur du Cap for her role in La voix humaine in 2018. With musical direction by Robin Phillips and José Dias.

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Opera Blocks - Jungle Journey

22 - 25 April | Artscape Innovation Lounge

Opera Blocks is back! Join us as we journey through a jungle of music for ages 0 – 5! An excellent way to introduce your little one to the magical world of theatre, Opera Blocks provides as safe and explorative environment that kids will love! With colourful lighting, fun props and costumes, and the beautiful melodies of composers such as Schubert, Brahms, Gershwin and more! At Artscape from 22 April in collaboration with Suidoosterfees… 

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Bon Appétit!

26 April - 1 May | Artscape Theatre

An engaging short opera based on Julia Child’s decadent chocolate cake recipe. This musical monologue by American composer Lee Hoiby, is a transcription of one episode from the 1963 TV documentary The French Chef. Join Fleur du Cap winner Janelle Visagie and pianist José Dias from 29 April – 1 May for a mouth-watering classical performance as a part of Suidoosterfees at the Artscape.