- SA premiere of Jephtha in Cape Town

- SA premiere of Jephtha in  Cape Town

The South African premiere of Handel’s last oratorio, Jephtha, will take place in Cape Town on Friday 20 August 19h30, with another performance scheduled for 21 August.

The staging of this oratorio by The Music Academy of St Andrew, has a star-studded line up of soloists. The St George’s Singers and the Camerata Tinta Barocca (led by Quentin Crida) will be conducted by renowned choral conductor, Barry Smith.

The soloists are Christopher Ainslie (countertenor), Colin Lee (tenor), Sophie Harmsen (mezzo soprano), Erica Eloff (Soprano) and Aubrey Lodewyk (bass).

This oratorio, considered by musicologists to be his best, is based on the story of Jephtha’s rash promise to the Almighty, should he be victorious, to sacrifice the first creature he shall meet on his return: he is met by his beloved daughter Iphis. Unlike the original Biblical story, the sacrifice is stopped by an angel, and Iphis merely needs to dedicate her life to the Lord.

• The performance will take place at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Green Point, Cape Town (corner of Buitengracht and Somerset Roads).
• The starting time is 19:30 and will finish at approximately 23:30. There will be two intervals of twenty minutes and ten minutes respectively.
• A pre-concert talk starting at 18:45 will be given by the eminent British Handel scholar, Dr Ruth Smith, who will be travelling especially to Cape Town to do these talks.
• Limited parking is available in the church grounds for those who come early.
• Reserved seats can be booked through Computicket, at R200, R150 and R80. Booking opens 30 July 2010. Please book early as we expect the tickets to sell very fast.

Please watch out for an interview with Christopher Ainslie (countertenor) on http://www.classicsa.co.za on 16 August.

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