Gauteng Opera presents four excerpts from Italian operas by Rossini, Mozart, Bellini and Leoncavallo on 20 and 22 July at the Tin Town Theatre
On 20 and 22 July, Gauteng Opera will present excerpts from four various Italian operas. These scenes are chosen especially for the artists of Gauteng Opera to showcase their talent as versatile singers and opera artists. All four excerpts will be directed by Artistic Director for Gauteng Opera, Phenye Modiane. Andrew Duncan will accompany the artists on piano.
I Pagliacci – Ruggiero Leoncavallo
The strolling players arrived at their next performance stop. Nedda, the wife of Canio is in love with another man. After everyone leaves to relax before the performance starts, Silvio, Nedda’s lover, enters. Although Nedda is worried, Silvio assures her that their meeting is safe as Canio is drinking at the Inn. He wants Nedda to leave with him that night after their performance. At first reluctant, she eventually agrees, and they sing a very passionate love duet.
La Cenerentola – Gioacchino Rossini
A storm forced the Prince and his servant, Dandini to seek refuge in the Don Magnifico’s house. Cenerentola, recognising the prince, tries to hide her face, revealing the bracelet. The prince realises it is Angelina (Cenerentola) and she in turn realises that the man she loves is not a servant, but a prince. Her two step-sisters and step-father are horrified and will not speak to her. But finally, Don Magnifico decides to beg forgiveness from the prince. The prince wants nothing to do with him, but Angelina pleads for her relatives who had treated her so badly.
I Capuleti e I Montecchi – Vincenzo Bellini
Beliini’s opera is based on the story of Romeo and Juliet. Tybalt is in love with Juliet and has been promised to her. Juliet does not feel the same and in this scene, she sadly contrasts her joyful wedding garment with her unhappy situation. She longs for Romeo, whom she loves. Romeo secretly enters her quarters with the assistance of Lorenzo, a physician. Romeo begs Juliet to leave with him, but she refuses arguing her duty to her father.
Le nozze di Figaro – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The last act of this opera is devoted to clearing up the various situations which have arisen in the course of Figaro’s wedding day, but there is one more complication to be added before the process begins. The act is set in the garden of the count’s house in the evening. Barbarina enters, looking for the lost pin that must secure the letter that the countess and Susanna concocted to trap the count. She tells this to Figaro, who is distraught, thinking Susanna is acting on the count’s advances. Marcellina, hearing this, decides to warn Susanna. The countess and Susanna enter, dressed in each other’s clothing, loudly talking about the planned rendezvous. The misunderstandings continue throughout the act until Susanna is caught out in the countess’ clothing. The count realises what is going on and the finale of the opera starts with him asking his wife for forgiveness. She forgives the count, and all express their gladness over the outcome.
Performances of Opera Scenes – Celebrating Italy will take place on Friday, 20 July at 19:30 and Sunday, 22 July at 15:00. Tickets are R150 throughout and a 10% discount is available for block bookings of 10 people and more. Tickets for reserved seating are available from the Gauteng Opera offices on 011 067 8001 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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