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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.
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
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