Gauteng Opera is thrilled to announce that it will be performing its first full-length opera in concert, Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, on Saturday, 6 June 2015, at the Wits Great Hall in Braamfontein.
The opera company, previously known as the Black Tie Ensemble, is presenting a concert version of this heartbreakingly beautiful opera courtesy of funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF).
This special one-off concert performance of one of the most popular operas in the classical repertoire is sure to be a sumptuous treat, with seasoned South African opera professionals such as soprano Bronwen Forbay (who is currently performing in America) and baritone Aubrey Lodewyk sharing the stage with Gauteng Opera soloist Phenye Modiane (tenor)
The soloists, as well as the Gauteng Opera Orchestra and Gauteng Opera Chorus, will perform under the baton of renowned Dutch conductor Arjan Tien. La Traviata will be sung in Italian with English surtitles.
We chose to do La Traviata in concert as it has all the elements of a great opera, from beautiful singing to drama and characters that will resonate with Gauteng audiences. We as a company are very excited about this opera because it will be proudly South African, living up to our motto of ‘Opera for Everyone’.
Furthermore, we are proud to be able to offer the Gauteng opera-loving public a full-length opera again in the form of this concert version of La Traviata. We are planning more such productions while looking forward to the remainder of our jam-packed 2015 season.
Marcus Desando CEO Gauteng Opera
Verdi’s opera is based on La dame aux Camélias, an 1852 play adapted from the novel by Alexandre Dumas. The opera was originally titled Violetta, after its tragic heroine, and the libretto was written by Francesco Maria Piave.
The story tells of Alfredo, a young nobleman, and Violetta, a courtesan, who fall passionately in love. Alfredo’s father disapproves of their relationship and convinces Violetta to leave Alfredo for the sake of his family’s reputation. Alfredo is distraught and enraged, and publicly humiliates Violetta at a party. What no-one realises, however, is that Violetta is gravely ill…
Opera enthusiasts are urged not to miss this rendering of one of the world’s all-time greatest operas, with its many memorable arias and its famous “drinking song”, performed by the very best in local operatic talent. The concert version of La Traviata starts at the Wits Great Hall at 20:00 on 6 June, and tickets are available at Computicket.
La Traviata Cast:
Violetta Valéry ~ Bronwen Forbay
Alfredo Germont ~ Phenye Modiane
Giorgio Germont ~ Aubrey Lodewyk
Flora Bervoix ~ Khumbuzile Dhlamini
Gastone de Letorières ~ Kagiso Boroko
Annina ~ Annemarie Steenkamp
When: Saturday, 6 June 2015
Where: Wits Great Hall, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Ticket prices: R200 to R400
Discounts available for scholars, students, pensioners and groups of 10 people or more.
About Gauteng Opera
With the slogan “Opera for Everyone”, Gauteng Opera aims to expose opera to varied audiences, by offering Opera in different forms (Opera for One, Opera on the Go, Opera for Fun, Opera to the Core, and Opera for the Future). Driven by excellence in vocal performance and theatre, Gauteng Opera prides itself in being one of the foremost nurturers of experts and proponents for quality vocal performance and theatre practitioners.
About funding supporter, NLDTF
The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery, guided by The Lotteries Act on the way in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The NLDTF wants the grants to make a difference to lives of all South Africans, especially those more vulnerable and to improve the sustainability of the beneficiary organisations. Available funds are distributed to registered and qualifying non-profit organisations in the fields of charities; arts, culture and national heritage; and sport and recreation. By placing its emphasis on areas of greatest need and potential, the NLDTF contributes to South Africa’s development.