Coffee and Tea will be served!
Since 2011, Sempre Opera has promoted opera by presenting concerts and full productions. This month and early September, two more full-length operas are staged; Bach’s Coffee Cantata and Mozart’s Bastien & Bastienna.
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Be still, stop chattering), BWV 211, also known as the secular Coffee Cantata was composed by JS Bach around 1732 and 1735. Although this work is classified as a cantata, it actually is a miniature comic opera telling the humorous tale of a daughter, Lieschen, hopelessly addicted to coffee and her long-suffering father, Herr Schlendrian, who seems to be at his wit’s end because of her obsession. The role of Lieschen is sung by soprano Deirdré Blignaut-Rautenbach. Danie Verster (baritone) is the father and Walter Fourie is the tenor/narrator.
WA Mozart was only 12 years old when he composed his first miniature opera, Bastien & Bastienna, staged in 1768. This opera in a teacup tells the story of Bastien and Bastienna’s pains and pleasure in love, as well as the role that Colas, a mock magician, plays in their lives. Bastienna is sung by Ailyn Nienaber (soprano) and Herman Pretorius (tenor) makes his Sempre Opera debut as Bastien. Rex Nigrini plays the comical baritone character, Colas. Salome Coertze is the pianist for both productions and direction is by Danie Verster and Deirdré Blignaut-Rautenbach.
Both miniature productions are staged at the Centurion Theatre on Sunday 28 August and 4 September at 15:00. Tickets for the concerts will be sold for R120 per person and can be booked by making an Electronic transfer to the Sempre Opera’s bank account or directly from the Theatre (012 664 8710) Tickets will also be available at the door. For further information please direct enquiries to email@example.com or visit the website at www.sempreopera.co.za and navigate to bookings.
Coffee and Tea will be served!
Come and join us with our next performance at the Centurion Theatre, the show will consist of death scenes from operas as noted in the poster below!
Bookings can be made at the Theater by calling 012 664 8710, by following the steps on the Bookings Page, or at the door. Bear in mind that door tickets cannot be guaranteed.
Hello All, our next performance will be together with the Sempre Opera Instrumental Ensemble, featuring highlights from “die Fledermaus” and “Don Carlos”.
Please go to the bookings tab to make a booking, or call Centurion Theatre at +27 (0)12 664 8710 or +27 (0)72 245 4390
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Excerpts from Die Fledermaus (Strauss) and Don Carlos (Verdi) in Centurion Theatre
Sempre Opera and the Sempre Opera Instrumental Ensemble kick off 2016 on Sunday 28 February at 15:00 with a performance of excerpts from Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlos and Die Fledermaus by Strauss.
The first half of the programme is dedicated to well-known arias and ensembles from Don Carlos performed by Laetitia du Plessis (soprano), Aukse Trinkunas (mezzo soprano), Chris Mostert (tenor), Danie Verster (baritone) and Rex Nigrini (bass baritone). Don Carlos, based on a drama by the German, Friedrich Schiller, on the conflict between love, friendship, idealism and responsibility, is regarded is as one of Verdi’s darkest works. Well-known arias like Tu che la vanita (soprano), Nel giardin del bello (mezzo soprano), Per me guinto (baritone) and the quartet Ah, si aledetto, sospetto fatale will be heard.
In the second half of the programme the dark and sombre tone of the first half is replaced with the lightness and nimbleness of Die Fledermaus (Strauss). In the early 1870s, when Johann Strauss started composing Die Fledermaus he was already famous as the waltz king. This operetta’s première in 1874 was in the midst of the operetta’s Golden Era in Vienna. By 1900, more than 300 performances were presented just at the Theater an der Wien. The sopranos Deirdré Blignaut- Rautenbach and Marina Botha- Spies join the other singers for ever popular arias like the Czardas, Adele se audition aria, Prince Orlofski, the duet Trinke liebchen, trinke schnell and ensemble Brüderlein, und Schwesterlein.
The singers will be accompanied by the Sempre Opera Instrumental Ensemble and pianist Paul Ferreira under the baton of Schalk van der Merwe. Tickets for the concert will be at R120 per person and can be booked by making an electronic transfer to the Sempre Opera’s bank account. Tickets will also be available at the door. For further information please direct enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello All, our next Concert will be Amahl And The Visitors!
Please also have a look at our Facebook Event and come and join us on the day!
Hello All, herewith our next performance at the Wakkerstroom Music Festival, the same program will be performed at the Auto and General Theatre on the Square, Sandton on the 12th April 2015.
Sempre Opera’s first full-scale opera Since 2011, Sempre Opera has presented opera concerts, fulfilling its mission to create a platform to, once again, revive opera in South Africa. Sempre Opera’s vision is to present a full-length opera and this year, it is realised with the staging of Amahl and the Night Visitors.
On 17 October this year, opera lovers may enjoy the full production of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors. In 1951 Menotti wrote this opera commissioned by Peter Herman Adler, chief executive of the National Broadcasting Company of the USA, to be screened on television. Both the libretto and composition were written by Menotti. This one act opera tells the story of Amahl, a disabled little boy, who is miraculously healed.
The three magi, on their journey to the Holy Child, stay over at the impoverished household of Amahl and his mother. These three kings bear many precious gifts and Amahl’s mother is caught stealing gold in order to help her disabled son. The three kings forgive her for her misdeed and insists that she keeps the gold. Nevertheless, she tries to return it and Amahl offers his shepherd’s rod, doubling as a crutch when he realises that he can walk without it. Amahl then joins the magi on their journey to pay homage to the Holy Child.
Amahl and the Night Visitors was inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s painting ‘Adoration of the Magi’ where the three wise men pay homage to the Christ Child. Menotti comments the following in the programme of the first performance: “This is an opera for children because it tries to recapture my own childhood. You see, when I was a child I lived in Italy, and in Italy we have no Santa Claus. I suppose that Santa Claus is much too busy with American children to be able to handle Italian children as well. Our gifts were brought to us by the Three Kings, instead.”
This production is directed by the well-known baritone, Danie Verster, and the role of Amahl is sung by one of his student, Marli Albertse, from the music centre at Hoërskool Wonderboom. Linette van der Merwe (mezzo soprano) sings the role of Amahl’s mother and Chris Mostert (tenor), Coert Grobbelaar (tenor) and Rex Nigrini (bass-baritone) may be seen in the roles of the three magi; Kings Kaspar, Melchior en Balthasar. Lené Venter (soprano) sings the role of the servant. The choir of villagers and shepherds consists of students from Hoërskool Wonderboom. The singers are accompanied on piano by Rudolf Geldenhuis and flute by Laurian Verster.
The performance on 17 October will be in Pretoria at 19:00 at the Eduplex Auditorium (Cowgill Street, Queenswood). Tickets for Amahl and the Night Visitors are available at R100 and R80 (for pensioners and school students). Tickets are available on-line at www.concertmaster.co.za and also at the doors. Those interested may further make inquiries by phoning Linette van der Merwe at 082 923 1540 or by sending an email to email@example.com.