Archive for January, 2013

In Love With Opera – 15 February 2013 at the Groenkloof Auditorium, University of Pretoria

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

In Love with Opera celebrates love and the concert programme comprises of duets such as the romantic “Barcarolle” from Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Offenbach) sung by Deirdre Blignaut-Rautenbach (soprano) and Linette van der Merwe (mezzo soprano) and the well-known letter duet “Sull’aria” from Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro performed by the sopranos Akiko Haldane and Sonica Bücksteg. Furthermore, popular duets from Madama Butterfly (Puccini) sung by Alexandra Wald (soprano) and Coert Grobbelaar (tenor) as well as Porgy and Bess (Gershwin) featuring Thabang Senekal (bass-baritone) promise to thrill the audience.In Love with Opera

Sempre Opera members also performing during the first half include Paulo Esteves (baritone), Johan Scheepers (bass) and Chris Mostert (tenor). The second half of the programme comprises of scenes from the operas Werther (Massenet) and, on a lighter note, L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti). The scene from Werther is known as the letter scene and features the well-known letter aria “Werther! Qui m’aurait dit” sung by Aukse Trinkunas (mezzo-soprano) as Charlotte. Stéfan Louw (tenor) sings the name role and Linelle Wimbles (soprano) will be seen as Sophie, Charlotte’s sister.

In L’elisir d’amore, Linelle Wimbles appears as Adina and Chris Mostert is Nemorino who drinks a love elixir hoping to make Adina his wife. Belcore, sung by Thabang Senekal, is Adina’s beloved and tries to thwart Nemorino’s romantic plans. Ilse Myburgh and Ferdi Geyer are the accompanists, and Elizabeth Lombaard the director for this concert. The opera scenes will be conducted by Gerben Grooten.

Tickets for In Love with Opera are available at R110. Those interested may direct inquiries to or phone 082 923 1540/082 896 5018.