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MEMORABLE SONG EVENING (article first published : 2001-03-1)

Relax and unwind at the end of the week at the Playhouse Studio on March 2 at 17h30 with the final concert in the popular Evening of Song series.

This final concert features well-known local singers Joan Breviario (soprano) and Michael Mkhize (bass), accompanied on piano by distinguished pianist Gerhard Geist with a guest appearance by one of the “Three South African Tenors”, Mfanafuthi Hlophe.

The evening's programme consists of popular songs and arias including Some Enchanted Evening (from Rogers and Hammerstein's South Pacific); Il Lacerata Spirito (Verdi); Senza Mamma (Puccini); and La ci Darem la Mano (from Mozart's Don Giovanni).

Durban soprano Joan Breviario began her singing career with international tenor Giovanni Breviario. She currently studies under Ernesto Breviario, son of the late Giovanni. She has performed as a soloist in Handel's Messiah, Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and in various concerts in and around Durban singing opera, oratorio and popular music. During a visit to Italy in 2000, Joan sang in the church of St Maria in Borgo at Nembro and for the Opera Club Gaetano Donizetti in Bergamo.

Since 1992, Michael Mkhize has also been studying under Italian tenor and voice teacher Ernesto Breviario. During this time he has sung in numerous operatic and classic concerts in Durban and surrounding areas. In 1995, he was chosen by Mimi Coertse to sing in her televised show Debut with Mimi.

Tenor Mfanafuthi Hlophe has a BA (Mus) from the University of Durban-Westville and a BA (Hons.) from the University of Natal. He has studied under James Conrad and Colleen Philp and was also a member of Bella Cantor Studio of Enrica Gozzi. He has performed with many leading South African conductors in performance engagements across the country.

Pianist Gerhard Geist came to South Africa as resident conductor of the Pacofs Symphony Orchestra and artistic head of the Free State Education Department's orchestral training programme. He began his career in Germany as assistant conductor for Sir George Solti at the Frankfurt Opera House, where he spent 10 years. He has conducted at leading theatres in Germany, Austria and Poland. He now works as a freelance conductor and pianist.

Tickets R20 (R10 pensioners/students). Seating is limited so early booking is advised. More details from Eubulus on (031) 369-9498.




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