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CANTIAMO – MZANSI OPERA CELEBRATION RETURNS WITH EDITION 2 AT JOBURG THEATRE

CANTIAMO – MZANSI OPERA CELEBRATION BRINGS OPERA BACK TO JOBURG THEATRE

The Joburg Theatre complex was filled with a delightful buzz as guests and patrons attending the gala performance of CantiamoMzansi Opera Celebration 2nd Edition at the Mandela Theatre on Sunday, 25 April revelled in the experience of returning the theatre.

Playing to a full house of 250 persons,  guests were swept away by the voices of soprano, Kimmy Skota (Rigoletto,The Magic Flute, Starlight Classics), baritone Bongani Khubeka (Don Giovanni, Handel’s Messiah, Last Night at the Proms), mezzo soprano Teresa de Wit (Madama Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Carmen) and tenor, Phenye Modiane (Cosi fan tutte, La Traviata, La Boheme) will be accompanied by Paul Ferreira (Madama Butterfly, Le nozze di Figaro, Tiger Bay) on piano and supported by the Vivacious Sounds Choir.

Observing COVID protocols, invited guests and patrons expressed their delight at being able to return to the theatre to once again enjoy live performances.  Likewise, the experience of performing for an audience and hearing its applause was highly appreciated by the artists. “Sitting  at the back of the auditorium and taking in the reactions and standing ovations of the audience, as a producer and director I felt very proud of the work that has been done by everyone from the singers to the crew behind the scenes and especially the Joburg Theatre team. I hope we are now able to share and experience more of the power of Opera and voice.”  says the show’s director and artistic producer, Marcus Desando,

The programme showcases some of the most popular opera arias and ensembles from  Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia and Verdi’s La Traviata, together with a selection of extracts from works by local composers including Mohau Mogale’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela. This wide ranging programme concludes with the Inkathazo Koloi medley of traditional songs. 

Cantiamo – Mzansi Opera Celebration, directed by renowned artistic producer and director Marcus Desando (Black Tie Ensemble, BTE VO1ss, Gauteng Opera, CEO Arts & Culture Trust) made its highly successful debut season at the Mandela Theatre in October last year. The 2020 rave review by The African Theatre Magazine best sums up this production as “…. an operatic musical extravaganza! The expertly curated production was enjoyed by a hugely appreciative and socially-distanced audience who from their reactions wanted more, even when the curtain had come down.”


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Marcus Desando – Facebook: Marcus Tebogo Desando Instagram: marcustebogodesando
Kimmy Skota – Facebook: @K1Skota1 Instagram: kimmy_skota
Bongani Khubeka – Facebook: Bongani J Khubeka Instagram: Bongani_j_kubheka
Teresa de Wit – Facebook: Teresa de Wit Instagram: teresadewit
Phenye Modiane – Facebook: Phenye Modiane Twitter: @phenye1_modiane Instagram: phenye
Paul Ferreira – Facebook: Paul Ferreira Twitter: @paulferreira Instagram: paul.ferreira.503
Vivacious Sounds Choir – Facebook: Vivacious Sounds Instagram: vivaciousounds