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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 www.roodepoorttheatre.com.

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.

Sempre Opera in Namibia

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Members of the Sempre Opera Singers and Instrumental Ensemble recently returned from a short but successful tour in Namibia where they performed in the National Theatre of Namibia in Windhoek.

Herewith an excerpt from Beeld about the Concert:

a night at the opera poster

 

Sempre Opera reis na Windhoek

Sondag 23 Februarie 2014

 Lede van Sempre Opera en die Sempre Opera-orkesensemble tree Donderdag en Vrydag op in Windhoek.

Die geselskap se program, A Night at the Opera, word aangebied as ’n huldeblyk aan Cobus van Lill, wat sy lewe grootliks gewy het aan die bevordering van klassieke musiek in Namibië.

Van Lill is twee jaar gelede dood.

Gretel Coetzee, ’n sopraan van Windhoek, deel die verhoog met Sempre Opera se Deirdré Blignaut-Rautenbach (sopraan), Linette van der Merwe ­(mezzosopraan), Chris Mostert (tenoor) en Coert Grobbelaar (tenoor).

Die begeleiding is deur Ferdi Geyer (klavier) en die ensemble is onder leiding van Schalk van der Merwe.

Sempre Opera sien dié besoek as ’n stap in die rigting om homself te vestig as ’n reisende geselskap wat opera as kunsvorm bevorder.

Photo’s of the trip to Namibia will be uploaded to our Facebook Page HERE

Verdi (1813-1901) Celebration Concert – Wakkerstroom Music Festival 2013

Monday, April 8th, 2013

The Wakkerstroom Music Festival was held on the weekend of 21-23 March 2013. Sempre Opera performed with “Verdi Bicentennial Concert”. Below an excerpt from a review by Paul Boekooi:

“Daar was vele ander hoogtepunte: Sempre Opera se gedenkkonsert vir Verdi (1813-1901) waarin vokale afronding en dramatiese krag in tien uittreksels tot lewe geroep is. Die toegif, “Va pensiero” uit Nabucco, was aangrypend en is ook tydens die galakonsert Saterdagaand gehoor”. (Paul Boekooi, Beeld 27 Maart 2013)

There were many other highlights: Sempre Opera performed ten excerpts in the Verdi (1813-1901) celebration concert where vocal finishing and dramatic power was brought to life. The encore, “Va Pensiero”, from Nabucco was moving and was also heard at the Saturday evening’s gala concert. (Paul Boekooi, Beeld 27 March 2013)

Sempre Opera in Wakkerstroom 2013