Gauteng Opera and Joburg Ballet have joined forces to provide fans with excellent production and classics at the Joburg Theatre on 29 August and 10 September 2015.
The two evenings promise to be a feast of music, culture and dance.
Directed by Gauteng Opera’s Marcus Desando, the evenings will feature Laetitia Orlandi on piano, choreography by Thoko Sidiya and Joburg Ballet. The lighting design will be provided by Simon King and stellar cast will be headed up by Khumbuzile Dhlamini, Kagiso Boroko and Phenye Modiane.
Guest artists will be Annemarie Steenkamp, Khanyakazi Madlala, Pretty Skhosana, Solly Motaung, Nkosinathi Malamane and dancers from Joburg Ballet.
The audience can expect well-known, memorable performances, from Dome epais le jasmin (Flower duet) from Lakmé (made famous by the British airways advert) and the much loved aria Casta diva from Norma.
There will also be selections from operas such as Bizet’s Carmen, Puccini’s La Bohème and Donizetti’s La fille du regiment with the aria with nine top Cs.
The second half will be a celebration of heritage. This programme will be a mixture of singing and poetry, including music such as African dream, made famous by Vicki Sampson, Pata-Pata by our own African goddess “Mama Africa” Miriam Makeba, Circle of Life from The Lion King, and Weeping. All these songs are from Africa or inspired by Africa.
This initiative is another example of of Gauteng Opera and Joburg Ballet’s desire to collaborate with other arts enterprises and to provide the greatest possible variety for its audiences.