The artists of Gauteng Opera feel honoured and excited to perform with the beautiful and graceful horses of the South African Lipizzaners.
The history of the Lipizzaner horse is linked with an umbilical cord to the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna. The School takes the “Spanish” part of its name from the horses which originated from the Iberian Peninsula during the 16th century and which were considered especially noble, spirited and willing and suited for the art of classical horsemanship. Today’s Lipizzaner stallions are the descendants of this proud Spanish breed, a cross between Spanish, Arabian and Berber horses.
In 1945 a select few Lipizzaners were rescued from war-torn Europe and brought to South Africa by Count Jankovich-Besan. The stallions at Kyalami are direct descendants of those horses and their predecessors. The South African Lipizzaners Ltd, a non-profit company, is dedicated to the advancement of this proud cultural heritage and the preservation of this most ancient breed of horse. Over the years, the South African Lipizzaners have become an integral part of South Africa’s cultural heritage and today, the South African Lipizzaners appear on film and television and at various public performances as well as their regular Sunday morning shows.
Gauteng Opera is an all-round performing arts and entertainment company focussing on opera related productions, concerts and events. With the slogan “Opera for Everyone”, Gauteng Opera aims to expose opera to varied audiences with different opera offerings. The artists are versatile and has performed an array of different music genres at varied events. This performance with the South African Lipizzaners is no different and the artists will perform with the horses and on their own. Music performed this morning will include World in Union, I believe in you, Canto della terra, Amigo para siempre, Prayer in the Nights, Paradise Road and the famous Habanera and Toreador’s Song from Bizet’s Carmen.
Do not miss the powerful voices of some of South Africa`s best classical singers. Income from this performance will be shared between Gauteng Opera and the South African Lipizzaners and with your support, help keep the doors of Gauteng Opera open and the stables of the South African Lipizzaners full!
Date: Sunday, 24 June 2018
Venue: Lipizzaner Centre, Kyalami – Lipizzaner Centre, Kyalami
GPS Coordinates: -25.968713, 28.057623
Tickets: R150 per adult / R120 per child or pensioner
Bookings: Directly through Computicket
Refreshments: Cafe Capriole at The South African Lipizzaners
Dress code: Comfortable and warm
Duration: ± 90 minutes – no interval