CURLEW RIVER AND AMAGOKRA (HEROES)​ – 23 MAY 18:00 – Guga S’thebe Centre in Langa​


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.