Cape Town Opera launches exciting 2017 season

Cape Town Opera launches exciting 2017 season

13.12.2016  Cape Town Opera launched the company’s 2017 season recently. The main productions for the year are as follows:


Visionary director Marthinus Basson launches CTO’s 2017 season with an unflinching new staging of Verdi’s dark melodrama. Metropolitan Opera regular Fikile Mvinjelwa returns to Cape Town to play the hunchbacked jester, with Belvedere Singing Competition finalists Noluvuyiso Mpofu and Lukhanyo Moyake making their role debuts as his daughter Gilda and the licentious Duke of Mantua. An explosive meeting of South Africa’s foremost young singers with a veteran theatrical innovator, united under the masterful baton of Maestro Kamal Khan, Rigoletto promises to thrill and chill in equal measure.

This production is not suitable for under 16’s.

Conductor: Kamal Khan
Director: Marthinus Basson
Choreographer: Mark Hoeben
Set Designer: Marthinus Basson
Costume Designer: Michael Mitchell
Lighting Designer: Kobus Rossouw

TIGER BAY / May 20.22.23 (previews)

CTO proudly continues its partnership with the Wales Millennium Centre by hosting the debut of the musical Tiger Bay, before it transfers to the UK in late 2017.

Tiger Bay is an epic new musical set in the docks of Cardiff at a time when coal was king. Filled with rousing music and a cast of unforgettable characters, Tiger Bay is a universal story of courage, reconciliation and love. With Olivier- and Tony-award nominated director Melly Still leading an outstanding international creative team, this short run will be a rare opportunity to be the first to see a major new international musical.

Composed by Daf James
Book and Lyrics by Michael Williams
Director:  Melly Still
Musical Director: David Mahoney
Co-director: Max Barton
Set and Costume Designer: Anna Fleischle

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER / Aug. 17. 19. 23. 26

The myth of the cursed sea captain and his ghostly ship comes home to the Cape of Good Hope, in a spectacular new production in the Naspers Grand Masters series. CTO Associate Music Director Tim Murray leads the CPO through the tempestuous straits of Wagner’s elemental score, while Matthew Wild’s new production unleashes the ghosts of Dutch colonialism in the modern Mother City.

Acclaimed Swedish soprano Elisabet Strid (a memorable Rusalka in Cape Town in 2006) stars as Senta, with South African baritone Jaco Venter returning from Wagnerian triumphs in Germany to make his role debut as the Dutchman.

Conductor: Tim Murray
Director:  Matthew Wild
Set and Costume Designer: Michael Mitchell
Lighting Designer: Kobus Rossouw

GRACE NOTES Venue and date to be announced.

Following its acclaimed premiere in France in 2016, this unique concert of a cappella sacred music, curated by Thuthuka Sibisi, will be heard in Cape Town for the first time. Juxtaposing ancient and modern music from Europe and Africa, Grace Notes intersperses sacred compositions by Byrd, Palestrina, Duruflé and Pärt with religious music drawn from Xhosa, Venda, Zulu and Swahili traditions. A moving reflection on the yearning to express spirituality through music, Grace Notes uncovers lines of connection across continents and centuries.

Performed by the award-winning Cape Town Opera Chorus.

THE MAGIC FLUTE / Nov 23, 25 and Dec 5, 7, 9, 10

With an enchanting blend of visual wizardry and whimsical comedy, Matthew Wild’s dream-like staging in Michael Mitchell’s poetic designs gives new expression to Mozart’s fable about the power of music. Protected by the magic of their enchanted flute, Tamino and Pamina discover that only music can lead them “through death’s dark night”. A young cast of outstanding singers from CTO and the University of Cape Town Opera School usher in summer with Mozart’s most joyful and uplifting masterpiece.

Director:  Matthew Wild
Choreographer: Joshua Beamish
Set and Costume Designer: Michael Mitchell
Video Designer: Kirsti Cummings
Lighting Designer: Patrick Curtis

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