Prepare to swoon over the exquisitely tragic La Traviata

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Khumbuzile Dhlamini will perform the role of Flora Bervoix
Khumbuzile Dhlamini will perform the role of Flora Bervoix

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, Gauteng Opera Orchestra and the Gauteng Opera Chorus, will perform under the baton of renowned Dutch conductor Arjan Tien.
The soloists, Gauteng Opera Orchestra and the Gauteng Opera Chorus, will perform under the baton of renowned Dutch conductor Arjan Tien.

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.

Explains Gauteng Opera’s chief executive officer, Marcus Desando: “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’.”

He added: “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.”

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.

Phenye Modiane who will sing the role of Alfredo Germont,  Violettas lover.
Phenye Modiane who will sing the role of Alfredo Germont, Violettas lover.

La Traviata cast list

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
Time : 20:00
Where : Wits Great Hall, Braamfontein, Johannesburg
Bookings : Computicket
Telephone 011 340 8000 or book online at www.computicket.com

Ticket prices : R200 to R400
Discounts available for scholars, students, pensioners and groups of 10 people or more.

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