La Musica Dell’Italiano – A gala opera concert


Gauteng audiences will have a unique opportunity to enjoy a concert with four of South Africa’s most acclaimed voices at the University of Johannesburg’s Arts Centre on Sunday, 25 October.

To celebrate the month of Italian language and culture abroad, The Italian Institute of Culture in collaboration with UJ Arts & Culture (a division of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture) and Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival present a gala opera performance to remember at UJ Arts Centre on the University of Johannesburg’s Kingsway Campus starting at 16h00. Entrance is free.

“The Week of the Italian Language in the World” is an important international cultural event that has been ongoing since 2001 and is held during the third week of October, hosting initiatives coordinated by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Accademia della Crusca (the century-old Academy devoted to the study and preservation of the Italian language); says Claudio D’Agostini of the Italian Institute of Culture. D’Agostini further explains that the scope is to promote Italian as a language of classic and contemporary culture. Every year a new theme is chosen which is inherent to a peculiar aspect of the Italian language. This year‘s theme is of particular importance and it emphasizes the primary role that Italian had and has in music; it is in-fact ‘Italian of the Music, the Music of Italian’.”

The programme, titled La Musica Dell’Italiano, includes a feast of Italian operatic highlights, duets and ensembles from La Boheme, Barber of Seville, La Traviata and other operas, plus music by Leonvavllo, Puccini, Mozart and Verdi.

The finale will see the featured four soloists on stage together with members of the famed UJ Choir in Verdi’s anthem Va, pensiero or Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves from Nabucco.

Featured in this gala event are Cape Town-based soloists Beverly Chiat (soprano) and Violina Anguelov (mezzo-soprano). Both graduates of UCT Opera School, Chiat and Angeulov have maintained busy careers on major opera stages and as sought-after oratorio soloists with major orchestras nationally.

Standard Bank Young Artist for Music 2014, baritone Njabulo Madlala, who is now based in London, joins them on stage, as does fellow baritone Federico Freschi, Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. Freschi maintains a unique double career as concert artist and Dean of the Faculty.

The singers are supported and accompanied by acclaimed musical director and pianist Christopher Duigan.

La Musica Dell’Italiano, featuring a popular selection of classic melodies and operatic passion and drama, takes place at the UJ Arts Centre Theatre, Kingsway Campus, Auckland Park on Sunday, 25 October 2015 at 16h00.

Admission is free but booking is essential. To reserve your seats contact Precious Maputle via email at or phone 011 559 3058.


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