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I CAPULETI E I MONTECCHI (article first published : 2006-08-1)

Bellini’s masterly and thrilling opera I Capuleti E I Montecchi (Romeo and Juliet) will be staged by Opera Africa during October and November 2006. The opera reflects Bellini’s very own lyrical and dramatic view on the 13th century tragedy. His imperative was to make an audience “weep, shudder and die through singing”.

A superb cast includes Michelle Breedt (Romeo) who enjoys a distinguished career in major European opera houses and Francesca Park (Juliet) winner of this year’s 5th UNISA International competition (opera). Kaiser Nkosi (Lorenzo) is one of the finest young South African basses, also making a career overseas, appears alongside South African household name Rouel Beukes (Capellio); Stéfan Louw (Tebaldo) who needs no introduction to opera audiences, and the Bulgarian mezzo, Violina Anguelov who sings Romeo for the three final performances. She appears regularly for Cape Opera, and is a winner of numerous prestigious prizes.

The opera will be conducted by the internationally-acclaimed Jeremy Silver who is married to former Durban Opera singer, Sally Silver. The stage director is Laurence Dale, who is in great demand for productions since he concluded an illustrious career as a leading tenor in 2000. Costume designer will be Durban’s top all-round visual artist, Andrew Verster.

Performance dates are from October 27 to November 12. Booking is at Computicket.




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