153 A Bree street
17:00 - 21:00 Visit Website
Established in 1999, Cape Town Opera (CTO) is Africa’s premier opera company and South Africa’s largest permanent non-profit performing arts organisation. Alongside the classics, CTO fosters the expression of a national identity through the creation and performance of new SA works such as Tsotsi, The Musical, based on Athol Fugard’s novel and Mandela Trilogy . The company maintains an energetic touring schedule that includes Porgy and Bess, African Angels, Grace Notes, African Prophetess and Showboat. In this way, CTO serves as a vibrant cultural ambassador showcasing South Africa’s unique singing talent to the rest of the world.
Visit CTO’s production office 153a Bree street and catch a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes, meet some of the singers and the production team. Costumes, set models and opera designs will be on display.
“The South African voice is unique, rich with colour and strength and it represents this country’s best qualities. Cape Town Opera nurtures that voice, providing opportunities for a wealth of talent. Cape Town Opera gives to audiences – both at home and abroad – the opportunity to experience that wonderful South African sound, what a gift!” – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu
Opera designers work closely with the director right from the get go and in most instances are responsible for both costume and set design. Michael Mitchell’s work has been showcased throughout South Africa and internationally at Wales Millennium Centre, the Royal Festival Hall in London, the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv, Lyric Theatre in Brisbane, Ravenna Festival in Italy, the Dubai Opera House and at the Hong Kong Festival.
Enjoy an evening of activities which include:
18:00 + 19:00 20min Stage and Costume talk by acclaimed designer Michael Mitchell
Guest will have the chance to listen to some singing by CTO Young Artist Programme member Lunga Eric Hallam as well as see final touches being made to costumes and props of the upcoming opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi, which is onstage in the Opera house at Artscape 15. 17. 18 May.
A selection of costumes and models of opera sets will be on display too.
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