Verdi Celebration Concert – Greenside Theatre, Johannesburg

Sempre Opera Greenside Theatre - Verdi Celebration

Sempre Opera celebrates two centuries of Verdi in Johannesburg Together with the international opera world, Sempre Opera celebrates Giuseppe Verdi’s two-hundredth birthday this year. A Verdi concert will be held on Sunday afternoon, 26 May at 15:30 in the Greenside Theatre, Johannesburg. This will be the second of three concerts in honour of one of the best-known opera composers. A selection of arias and ensembles, ranging from the time of his first opera (Oberto, 1839) to his last (Falstaff, 1893), will be performed. Giuseppe Verdi was born on 10 October 1813 in Parma, North Italy. Amongst locals he was known as the ‘swan of Busseto’, referring to the town where he lived. As noted composer of 30 Romantic operas, works such as Nabucco (1842), Rigoletto (1851 ), La Traviata (1953), Don Carlos (1867) and Otello (1887) are still frequently staged to captivate opera-lovers world-wide. Even those who claim to know nothing about opera will hum along with ‘Va pensiero’ (Nabucco), ‘La donna e mobile’ (Rigoletto) and the Anvil chorus (Il Trovatore). Sempre Opera’s second Verdi concert consists of a wide variety of arias and ensembles from his opera oeuvre. On Sunday 26 May at 15:30, audiences may look forward to excerpts from Oberto, with Aukse Trinkunas (mezzo soprano) and Chris Mostert (tenor) as well as Otello, with soprano Jo-Nette LeKay and tenor Coert Grobbelaar. Favourites from La Traviata, Rigoletto and Don Carlos may also be heard. Also on the programme are arias from Luisa Miller, Nabucco, La Forza del Destino, Un Ballo in Maschera and Falstaff with soprano Deirdré Blignaut-Rautenbach, mezzo soprano Linette van der Merwe and baritone Danie Verster. Two pianists, Ferdi Geyer and Paul Ferreira, will accompany the opera singers. Tickets for the Sempre Opera Verdi Celebration Concert of R100 and R80 (for pensioners) are available on-line at from the 1st of May or may be purchased at the theatre.

Those interested may contact Hannie Hefer at 011 793 2334 or send an email to

One Response to “Verdi Celebration Concert – Greenside Theatre, Johannesburg”

  1. cvmostert says:

    Thanks to everyone for making the event a success, we have been re-invited for another show, details will follow later.

    For now, we are preparing for the next Sempre Opera concert on the 28th of Semptember in the State Theatre Pretoria. This concert will also be dedicated to Verdi with an addition of two full scenes from Nabucco and Rigoletto with orchestra.

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