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PRINCESS MAGOGO FOR STATE THEATRE (article first published : 2003-01-22)

Mzilikazi Khumalo’s opera Princess Magogo kaDinuzulu, commissioned by Durban’s Opera Africa had its World Première in Durban on May 4 last year. The work is written for a cast of 13 soloists, large chorus, dancers and a full orchestra.

The premiere was broadcast live by WFMT Radio and Networks Chicago and syndicated to the European Union, UK, and New Zealand. It received rave reviews locally as well as in three international opera magazines; Opera, BBC Music Magazine and Opera Now. In the main role as the Royal Princess Magogo is Sibongile Khumalo with the life story of a legendary musician and composer.

The State Theatre performances are followed by a USA Premiere (four performances) in March 2003 at the Humanities Festival in Chicago, USA.

Performances take place on February 1, 3, 5 and 7 at 20h00 with a matinee at 15h00 on February 9 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Directed by Themi Venturas and designed by Andrew Verster, the opera will feature the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Michael Hankinson. Also appearing will be the Opera Africa Chorus under the direction of Chorus Master Hein de Villiers.

Booking at Computicket or at the Spoornet State Theatre Box Office. More details from Opera Africa on 031 261 6708 or e-mail: operasa@iafrica.com




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