2022 SEASON

In the interests of public safety, Covid-19 lockdown protocols will be observed at all Cape Town Opera events. Seating is limited.

Opera Blocks

4 . 5 March 2022 10:00 and 13:00

Artscape Innovation Lounge

Cape Town Opera’s Opera Blocks is a magical brain-boosting theatre experience for parents and babies from birth to 18 months. Utilising the expertise of an occupational therapist, it brings music, song and play together in a calm, immersive environment that will stimulate, entertain and spark imagination in your little one. Come and enjoy the benefits of classical music on your child’s development at a real theatre!

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19 March 2022 . 18:00

Stellenbosch Town Hall

Under the guidance of Chorus Master Marvin Kernelle, the iconic Cape Town Opera Chorus opens our season with a rousing tribute to the world’s most iconic opera choruses. Building on the worldwide success of Grace Notes and African Angels, this homage to operatic giants contains many cherished operatic choruses, including the much-loved Humming, Anvil, Slave and Bridal Choruses as well as the ever-popular Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s 9th Symphony.

Bon Appétit!

31 March - 3 April 2022 . 19:00

the Vineyard

Bon Appétit!, a captivating pairing of music and food, is brought to you from the Vineyard Hotel show kitchen. The flavours of Bernstein’s “La Bonne Cuisine: Four Recipes for Voice and Piano”, Bach’s unique secular Coffee Cantata Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (“be still, stop chattering”) and others will serve as hors d’oeuvres  and main course. Dessert is Julia Child’s “deliciously decadent” chocolate cake recipe, reincarnated as a musical monologue by American Composer Lee Hoiby from a transcript of an episode of “The French Chef”. Join Chef Mike Basset and Cape Town Opera on this exciting culinary journey with musical direction from José Dias.

Cast: Janellé Visagie (guest artist) as well as Jodie Khan, Ané Pretorius, Siphesihle Mdena, Garth Delport, Van Wyk Venter and Alida Stoman all members of Cape Town Opera’s Young Artists programme and the Cape Town Opera Chorus.

We thank the City of Cape Town for their support of CTO’s Young Artists.

Messiah

16 April 2022 . 16:00

Toringkerk Paarl

Cape Town Opera and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, two cultural pillars of South Africa, join forces for Easter to present Handel’s Messiah at Paarl’s historic Toringkerk. The production, under the baton of Maestro Brandon Phillips, features Cape Town Opera Soloists, Young Artists and Chorus. The Toringkerk’s extraordinary Norman and Beards organ, manufactured in 1906 in Norwich, England, will be played by Mario Nell.

Soprano: Ané Pretorius
Alto: Nonhlanhla Yende
Tenor: Siphesihle Mdena
Bass: Lwazi Dlamini

Songbook

folk songs from britain and ireland

21 April, 28 April and 12 May 2022

19:00

Join us as we explore and celebrate the humour, pathos and deep human feeling embedded in the folk songs of Great Britain and Ireland. Belying their value as historical and cultural records passed from generation to generation, folk songs are often pressed into service as encores rather than taking centre stage; we hope to set that right with this concert! Experience the range of emotions that bubble under the surface of these seemingly simple yet often deeply complex songs. Brought to extraordinary life and elevated into the realm of art song by composers such as Britten, Hughes, Gurney, Vaughan Williams and Quilter, and poets such as Yeats, Joyce, Moore, Burns, Shakespeare and Stevenson, the programme contains gems such as The Stuttering LoversI Will Walk With My LoveJohnny I Hardly Knew Ye!Down by the Salley GardensThe Last Rose of SummerThe Foggy, Foggy DewLittle Sir WilliamThe Ash GroveThe Miller of Dee, along with Ivor Novello favourites Waltz of My HeartI Can Give You the Starlight and Glamorous Night. The concert features internationally acclaimed opera star William Berger (baritone) and Cape Town Opera Soloists Brittany Smith (soprano) and Ané Pretorius (soprano), with Cape Town Opera Managing Director Alex Gabriel at the piano.

Duet Gala Concert

11 June 2022 . 18:00

Artscape opera House

The Duet Gala Concert, presented by Cape Town Opera and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, takes place in the Artscape Opera House on 11 June 2022 at 18h00. A glittering line-up of South African singers will join us for the event: Nobulumko Mngxekeza, Megan Kahts, Nonhlanhla Yende, Lukhanyo Moyake, William Berger, rising stars Thembinkosi Magagula and Khayakazi Madlala, Cape Town Opera Soloists, Cape Town Opera Young Artists, as well as the Cape Town Opera Chorus. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra will be conducted by German-Polish conductor Adam Szmidt.   The Duet Endowment Trust was established by Mrs Wendy Ackerman for the preservation of Cape Town Opera and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The Duet Gala Concert is made possible with generous support from the Judith Neilson Head Trust.

Le Nozze di Figaro

18 - 26 june 2022

Artscape opera House

Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro shaped the future of opera buffa and is in many ways the perfect opera. Continuing the story of the characters from Il Barbiere di Siviglia, this masterpiece offers a good dollop of farce, adultery, role-playing and cunning scheming. It also touches on abuse and mental health issues, seen in the Countess’s poignant navigation of her fracturing marriage. Presented in collaboration with Sempre Opera, with a fantastic South African cast featuring Conroy Scott as Figaro, Brittany Smith as Susanna, William Berger as Count Almaviva, Siphamandla Moyake as Countess Rosina, Megan Kahts as Cherubino, Monica Mhangwana as Marcellina, Lwazi Dlamini as Bartolo, Siphesihle Mdena as Basilio/Don Curzio, Alida Stoman as Barbarina and Rouel Beukes as Antonio together with the award-winning Cape Town Opera Chorus under the direction of chorus master Marvin Kernelle.

This much-loved opera will be directed by Magdalene Minnaar, with set and costume design by Maritha Visagie and Rabia Davids. The Cape Town Pops Orchestra will be conducted by Schalk van der Merwe. This production is proudly sponsored by the City of Cape Town.

Opera Blocks Twinkle Twinkle

22 . 24 June 2022 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Artscape Innovation Lounge

(0 – 18 Months)

Back by popular demand, Twinkle Twinkle is the second instalment in Cape Town Opera’s Opera Blocks series. Get ready for a fantastical experience curated for parents and babies from birth to 18 months. With magical music, sets and lighting, Twinkle Twinkle will introduce your little one to the wonderful theatrical world of opera in a calm and immersive environment.

Proudly sponsored by the City of Cape Town, this production is directed by Elisabeth Manduell, with set and costume design by the Cape Town Opera production team and lighting design by the Artscape lighting department. Come and enjoy the benefits of classical music on your child’s development at a real theatre!

Opera Blocks Little Stars

25 June 2022 10:00 and 12:00
28 June 2022 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00

Artscape Innovation Lounge

(18 Months – 4 Years)

Building on the success of Cape Town Opera’s Opera Blocks: Opera for Babies, Little Stars has been made available for little walkers from ages 18 months to 4 years. Exploring the magical world of theatre, Little Stars brings music, song and play together in an exciting and explorative way! 

Proudly sponsored by the City of Cape Town, this productions is directed by Elisabeth Manduell, with set and costume design by the Cape Town Opera production team and lighting design by the Artscape lighting department. Come and enjoy the benefits of classical music on your child’s development at a real theatre!

L'elisir D'amore

september/october 2022

“The Elixir of Love”, written by bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti, follows the beautiful Adina and Nemorino, her charming yet clumsy admirer, through their tumultuous and often capricious courtship. With the (often misguided) guiding hand of “Doctor” Dulcamara, Nemorino accesses super-human courage to win the heart of his muse; and what better way to achieve this than through arias like Una furtiva lagrima. L’elisir d’amore is an absolute must-see for opera lovers and newcomers alike. With generous support from the Judith Neilson Head Trust.

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