14 – 19:30 – R200, R275, R325
16 – 15:00 – R150, R200, R250
18 – 19:30 – R200, R275, R325
20 – 19:30 – R200, R275, R325
22 – 18:00 – R200, R275, R325
Impoverished but inspired, Puccini’s young Bohemians make art, quarrel, make up, break up, and make believe that there will always be another tomorrow – never imagining that their frail friend Mimi will not live to see the final days of summer. Matthew Wild’s
innovative production, which premiered to widespread critical claim in Switzerland in 2018, comes to Cape Town. Told as flashbacks of the elderly painter Marcello, the production movingly contrasts the impetuousness of youth with the regrets of old age.
Filled with Giacomo Puccini’s soaring melodies, this production stars tenor Galeano Salas alongside returning South Africans Sarah-Jane Brandon, William Berger, Thesele Kemane, Brittany Smith, Luvo Rasemeni and features unexpected contributions from much-loved Cape Town singers Aviva Pelham and Brad Liebl. Jeremy Silver conducts the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra with set design by Kathrin Frosch, costume design by Ingo Krugler, lighting design by Kobus Rossouw and choreography by Louisa Talbot. The powerful Cape Town Opera chorus is joined by the vibrant ERUB Children’s Choir.
‘THE DIRECTING TEAM TRANSLATES ITS INTERPRETATION WITH EXCITING GIMMICKS AND IMPRESSIVE CONSISTENCY AND CLARITY, WITHOUT EVER FORGETTING WHO IS ACTUALLY IN THE CENTER: PUCCINI AND HIS MUSIC.’
IN COLLABORATION WITH KONZERT THEATER BERN
TICKET PRICES R150 – R325
Sponsored by Business & Arts South Africa, the City of Cape Town, National Lotteries Commission, the Rupert Music Foundation, Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.
L. VAN BEETHOVEN
FIDELIO IN CONCERT
ARTSCAPE OPERA HOUSE
27 – 19:30
29 – 15:00
R100, R160, R200, R280
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.
Johanni van Oostrum will sing Leonore, Corby Welch is Florestan and Musa Ngqungwana makes a welcome return as Rocco. Conroy Scott appears as prison governor Don Pizzaro with Brittany Smith in the role of Marzelline, Makudupanyane Senaona as Jacquino and Aubrey Lodewyk as Don Fernando. A new script for this production has been written by Amy Jephta and will be narrated by SA’s iconic Thoko Ntshinga. Maestro Jeremy Silver conducts the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, Christine Crouse directs with set design by Michael Mitchell. The Cape Town Opera Chorus under CTO Chorus Master Marvin Kernelle joins forces with Sibusiso Njeza’s UWC Creative Arts Choir.
Sponsored by the City of Cape Town, the Rupert Music Foundation and BASA.
‘…prominent South African soprano Johanni van Oostrum, who sang Agathe in London recently, appears as the First Lady in the new Deutsche Grammophon Zauberflőte and will sing Leonore at Garsington next summer. On the evidence so far, she’s a huge catch for Buckinghamshire: her lyric voice seems ideally placed for Elsa and Agatha, with peachy tone and long-breathed phrases, and careful attention to the text. She looked as if she knew the production intimately and, I can’t say I was at all disappointed. Garsington’s Fidelio suddenly looks like a mouthwatering prospect.’
TICKET PRICES R100 – R280
COSÌ FAN TUTTE
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN OPERA SCHOOL AND THE CITY OF CAPE TOWN
28, 29, 30, 31
Kindly note that, according to current COVID-19 restrictions, this production may only be viewed online. We will communicate further details shortly. Should the situation change to allow us to include a small audience, CTO will advise closer to the time.
Two young men put their fiancées to the test by playing an elaborate prank to prove their faithfulness. Bearing the subtitle, ‘The school for lovers’, Mozart’s Così fan tutte is a powerful tale of love, temptation and fidelity. In a combination of glorious music and bittersweet comedy, improbable disguises and partner-swapping are put side-by-side with a more serious, even cynical, commentary on the inevitability of human frailty.
This production is directed by Steven Stead and features Cape Town Opera Young Artists alongside talented singers from the University of Cape Town Opera School. The UCT Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Jeremy Silver.
Sponsored by the Rupert Music Foundation and the University of Cape Town Opera School.
HANSEL UND GRETEL
11 – 19:30 – R150, R200, R275
13 – 19:30 – R150, R200, R275
15 – 15:00 – R125, 175, R225
18 – 19:30 – R150, R200, R275
21 – 15:00 – R150, R200, R275
Hansel and Gretel, the opera, is based on the popular folktale compiled and published by the folklorists, the Brothers Grimm. The opera’s composer, Engelbert Humperdinck, was a disciple of Richard Wagner and had actually worked with Wagner at Bayreuth. Understandably, Humperdinck’s work is often labelled Wagnerian. It uses leitmotifs, but individual arias and duets — such as “The Children’s Prayer” — can stand alone, unlike the more flowing “endless melody” of Wagner’s own works. This opera has become one of the very few operas on a children’s tale that has achieved popularity with adults as well as children. It is unusual in that the roles of both of the children, as well as the other leads, save for the children’s father, are all sung by women. While the opera is based on a children’s tale, this Cape Town Opera production draws on a darker, richer emotional palette than the usual productions of the work. Cape Town Opera Young Artists Brittany Smith will sing the role of Gretel, Ane Pretorius will be Hansel, and returning South African Jenni Bank will appear as both the children’s mother and the witch.
TICKET PRICES R150 – R250
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Sponsored by the Rupert Music Foundation.
CURLEW RIVER AND
Wed 20th May - 19h30
(Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Kenilworth)
Thurs 21st May - 19h30
(Novalis Ubuntu Institute in Kenilworth)
Sat 23rd May - 18h00
(Guga S’thebe Centre in Langa)
Asanda Chuma Sopotela
New operas are often inspired by an intense personal relationship to universal ideas. Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River, based on a Japanese noh play about a mother’s loss of a child and her redemption through spirituality, is paired with a new South African opera about women’s strength through ordeal, composed by Sibusiso Njeza and written by Asanda Chuma Sopotela. These two operas, sung in English and isiXhosa, are ideal platforms for young African opera soloists from the University of Cape Town Opera School and Cape Town Opera Young Artists Programme to explore contemporary themes and musical styles of the 20th and 21st centuries.
TICKET PRICES: R80
BOOK THROUGH CAPE TOWN OPERA OFFICE
IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN OPERA SCHOOL
Sponsored by the City of Cape Town, the Rupert Music Foundation, University of Cape Town Opera School and the African Culture Fund