Category Archives: Opera

Tristan und Isolde

Opera is not an audio experience.  Anyone who has tried aand failed to enjoy Wagner by listening only will nod in understanding when I point out that Wagner himself said that it encompassed many genres (Gesamtkunstwerk).  This is one of … Continue reading

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Don Giovanni at the Met live in HD

Don Giovanni is the first of the 2016/17 Live in HD movies in The Metropolitan Opera movie season. It is the 11th such season, and there are ten operas in this season. The movies are screened at Cinema Nouveau theatres … Continue reading

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Lamento, a patchwork pastiche, pleases

Claudio Monteverdi’s (1567-1643) musical magic enchanted audiences at The Market Theatre tonight. He was a Catholic priest best known as a composer and musician. He is the person who made the transition between Renaissance music with its polyphony and Baroque … Continue reading

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Florence Foster Jenkins

Florence Foster Jenkins is a 2016 biographical drama. Written by Nicholas Martin and directed by Stephen Frears, the movie stars Meryl Streep as Florence and Hugh Grant as her husband, St. Clair Bayfield, together with Simon Helberg as Cosme McMoon. … Continue reading

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Love Potion – L’elisir D’Amore

  This charming two act comic opera by Gaetano Donizetti is currently running at The Mandela, Joburg Theatre on 2, 4, 6 and 7 August 2016. It is a charming production directed by Marcus Desando, with a fabulous set and … Continue reading

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What’s right with South Africa?

On Thursday 14 April 2015 I attended a concert at the Linder Auditorium. On the podium was one of my heroes, Kutlwano Masote.  Masote is from a musical dynasty, a cellist and conductor.  His father is a fine musician who … Continue reading

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Met’s Magic Flute Movie

The Magic Flute (The Met: Live in HD) by Mozart, shortened and in English, is currently showing at Cinema Nouveau.  Starring Nathan Gunn as Papageno (my favourite character from this opera) and Ying Huang as Pamina, Matthew Polenzani as Tamino … Continue reading

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