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THE OPERA (article first published : 2007-03-13)

Filmed in 2006, the opera is a documentary conceived, filmed and edited by Durban multi-talented Helge Janssen who also handled the effects.

It takes the form of interviews with librettist Eldon Swallow and composer Miles Warrington who have been working collaboratively on a project to write an opera based on Hans Andersonís The Snow Queen since 2001 which has been adapted to a specific South African context.

The documentary focuses on the tenuousness of what it means to be involved in a creative process in Durban, on the difficulty of being taken seriously as artist by those who should know better, yet demonstrates the enormous strides these two artists have made in actually manifesting their product against enormous odds.

The documentary features as sound track a recording of the Snow Queen's Aria sung by soloist soprano Lwazi Ncube with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lykele Temmingh.

the opera has been accepted for screening at the 17th Africa/Asian Film Festival in Milan, Italy, which takes place from March 19 to 25.




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