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Carmen – Bizet at the Joburg Theatre!

Tuesday, March 13th, 2018

Hello Everyone, please sponsor whatever you can to help us fund this project, any amount is welcome, please find account and other details at the bottom of this post.

Promotional video material:

Free she was born, and free she will die!

Seville, Spain.  A gypsy is determined to live life on her own terms – whatever her fate may be. The passionate triangle of the world-wise gypsy woman, the jealous soldier willing to lose everything for her reciprocated love, and the toreador that will win her heart is one of the world’s most loved operas.

Sempre Opera, founded in 2011, in collaboration with Joburg Theatre, is proud to announce its upcoming production of Carmen by George Bizet. This masterpiece blends passion, seduction, jealousy, betrayal and even a little law-breaking, all set to one of the most famous scores ever composed. The desperate young soldier Don José is led astray from his village life and love, the adoring village girl Micaëla, as he chases the irresistible and enchanting gypsy Carmen. Her seduction and charms lead Don José into obsession and ruin when she leaves him for the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo.

Directed by well-known baritone Danie Verster, Carmen will be fully staged and will feature the Pretoria Symphony Orchestra and the Armonia Theatre Chorus, under the baton of Schalk van der Merwe, one of South Africa’s ambitious, upcoming conductors. Carmen features a local and international cast with seasoned and young and upcoming opera singers. Mezzo-soprano Linette van der Merwe stars as the strong-willed and seductive gypsy who destroys the naïve, lovesick soldier Don José. José is played by Stéfan Louw, well-known tenor on opera stages in South Africa and abroad. In other leading roles, baritone Christian Bester, residing in the United States since 2006, will return to his home country for the role of the dashing bullfighter Escamillio, and sopranos Lauren Dasappa from Cape Town, and Marina Botha-Spies will share the role of Don José’s sweetheart Micaëla. In the roles of Carmen’s gypsy friends, soprano Ailyn Nienaber will star as Frasquita, and visiting American soprano Loralee Songer as Mercédez. Chris Mostert (tenor), Walter Fourie (tenor) and Lourens de Jager will be seen in the roles of Remendado, Dancairo and Morales.

The opera will be sung in French with English supertitles. Come experience this most vivid of operas, performed by a dynamic local and international cast. Sunday, June 3th at 15:00, Tuesday June 5th at 19:30, Friday, June 8th at 19:30, Sunday, June 10th at 15:00. For further information on ticket bookings please direct enquiries to opera/ or call 0861 670 670 or 011 877 6855.

Sponsoring details:

Funds will be used for the following:

  1. Artists Accommodation and Traveling
  2. Venue Hire
  3. Advertising
  4. Conductor, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Director etc

We are merely trying to put a good production on stage without making a loss. We are a non profit organisation.

Any funds can be paid into the following account:

Account Holder: The Sempre Opera Trust
Bank: FNB
Branch: Randburg
Branch Code: 254005
Acc No: 62360203378

The Sempre Opera Trustís registration number is IT 1113/2012.

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Bastien & Basteinna

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Hello All, please join us for our next production, details are in the pamphlet below, click on the photo to get all details. Concerts are on the 9th and 10th October 2015.

bastien und bastienna


W.A. Mozart – REQUIEM

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Sempre Opera will perform in Polokwane on the 5th of September 2015!

Not to be missed!


Aria! Opera for Everyone – Roodepoort Theatre

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Sempre Opera performs together with Stéfan Louw Productions at the Roodepoort Theatre!

Aria! Opera for Everyone

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On 20 June Stefan Louw Productions in association with the Roodepoort Theatre will once again present Aria! Opera for everyone.  Joining Louw on stage for this concert will be amongst others the sopranos Deirdré Blignaut and Jo-Nette le Kay, mezzo-sopranos Aukse Trinkunas and Linette van der Merwe, tenors Chris Mostert and Johan Coertzen as well as baritone Daniel Verster who are all members of the Pretoria-based, Sempre Opera.  They will perform famous arias from operas that include Carmen, Norma, Rigoletto and Turandot.  They will be joined by a small orchestra conducted by Schalk J van der Merwe and Louw’s own chorus, the Aria! Opera Chorus.

Tickets for this concert which starts at 20:00 are available at R120 per person.  To reserve your seats call the Joburg City Theatres’ central reservations at 0861 670 670 or book online at

Patrons can now also enjoy a delicious meal at the new Stages Restaurant at the Roodepoort Theatre before the show.  For enquiries or dinner reservations call Roel (general manager) on 079 091 1270.