Five: 20 – Operas Made in South Africa at The Baxter Theatre in November
The Baxter Theatre will host Five: 20 – Opera Made in South Africa from November 21st to 27th. Presented by Cape Town Opera, the University of Cape Town Opera School and the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) the five, 20 minute long South African operas are all based on a South Africa story and have all been composed and written by South Africans in celebration of the South African College of Music’s Centenary year.
The operas are based on Saartjie Baartman, Lucy Lloyd and the San Bushmen, xenophobia, Breyten Breytenbach and the assassination of Chris Hani. A breakdown is as follows …
Out of Time:
Composed by Péter Louis van Dijk and directed by Geoffrey Hyland this opera is a journey, by mini bus taxi through prejudice, miscommunication and xenophobia.
The audience is transported back to 1815 as the story, composed by Hendrik Hofmeyer and Fiona Herbst and directed by Geoffrey Hyland imagines Saartjie Baartman in Paris on New Years Eve in 1815!
Inspiration for this opera (composed by Martin Watt and Alwyn Roux and directed by Marcus Desando) came from an event that occurred during the imprisonment of Breyten Breytenbach; a South African poet, painter and freedom fighter.
Words from a Broken String:
This opera tells the story of Lucy Lloyd, a 19th century linguist who, with her brother in law William Bleek recorded the now extinct San Bushmen language. Music is by Peter Klatzow, libretto by Michael Williams and Geoffrey Hyland directs.
The audience is taken back to 1993 as this opera tells the story of the assassination of Chris Hani. Composition by Bongani Ndondana-Breen and libretto by Mfundi Vundkla.
There will also be a ‘guest appearance’ of Scottish Opera’s Sublimation.
Tickets & Bookings:
Tickets start at R100 and can be booked at Computicket.
For more information call 021 410 9807.