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Operetta Gala Concert – Greenside Theatre – 24 November 2013 @ 16:00

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Come and enjoy an evening of Operetta favorites with Sempre Opera and the Sempre Opera Instrumental Ensemble at the Greenside theatre.



Sempre Opera concludes 2013 in true Viennese style
After three successful concerts dedicated to Verdi celebrations in 2013, Sempre Opera’s last concert for the year will be on a lighter note. On 24 November at 16:00 Sempre Opera with the Sempre Opera Ensemble under the baton of conductor Schalk van der Merwe, will be presenting a concert in true Viennese style at the Greenside Theatre, Johannesburg. The programme comprises arias, duets and ensembles from well-known operettas such as Candide (Bernstein), Die Lustige Witwe and Paganini (Lehár), Der Zigeunerbaron and Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss, Jr.), The Gondoliers and The Mikado (Gilbert and Sullivan) as well as La Périchole (Offenbach) and Ciboulette (Hahn).
Sempre Opera’s instrumental ensemble and the pianists Paul Ferreira, Ferdi Geyer and Eugene Joubert, will accompany the singers and play overtures from Wiener Blut and Die Fledermaus (Strauss). The singers sharing the stage are the sopranos Deirdre Blignaut-Rautenbach, Linelle Wimbles, Akiko Haldane, Sonica Bucksteg and Alexandra Wald, the mezzo-sopranos Aukse Trinkunas and Linette van der Merwe, the tenors Chris Mostert, Coert Grobbelaar, Thabo Sithole and Johan Coertzen, and the baritones Danie Verster, Johan Scheepers and Christopher Vale.
Works to be performed include, amongst other, the well-loved Vilja song and the romantic Lippen Schweigen (Lehár), the delightful Three little maids from school (Gilbert and Sullivan), Prince Orlofsky’s aria, the duet Komm mit mir zum super and the dramatic Czárdás from Die Fledermaus
Tickets for the operetta concert will be available at the door at R130 and R100 (for pensioners) and include coffee and tea during the interval. A cash bar service will be on offer.

The Greenside Theatre is situated on the premises of the Greenside Jewish Congregation, 7A Chester Road in Greenside East. The GPS coordinates are: -26.150546 | 28.024675

For further information, contact Hannie Hefer on 011 793 2334 or Johan at the Theatre on  083 691 9032 or send an email to

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