Opera Jewels showcases local opera singers working abroad


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The fourth edition of Opera Jewels – a showcase concert of SA opera singers working abroad – sees a return performance by tenor Levy Sekgapane at Teatro, Montecasino on 3 April 2019. His last performance in Johannesburg was alongside soprano Pretty Yende in the inaugural concert of this series in 2016.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, Opera Jewels is proudly supported for the first time by MTN Business. Producer Ma-Setlogelo Masote, director at Web Maestro, reflects on the growth of the concert series, “Opera Jewels has become an important event on the classical music calendar of Johannesburg. It is a rare platform for our Europe-based opera talent to perform at home, and equally a treat for our opera audiences to hear these jewels. Having a global player as a partner will surely set MTN Business Opera Jewels apart as a premier South African classical music property.”

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Opera Jewels, a showcase of South African opera singers working internationally.
Opera Jewels, a showcase of South African opera singers working internationally.

Featured artist Levy Sekgapane hails from Kroonstad and is a graduate of the University of Cape Town. A winner of the 2014 SAMRO Overseas Music Scholarship, he has spent the last few years pursuing an international career, scooping up first prizes in the Hans Garbor Belvedere International Singing Competition (2015), the Montserrat Caballé Singing Competition (2015) and Placido Domingo’s Operalia Competition (2017). At the age of 28, Sekgapane is a young man on a mission to conquer heights most don’t dare to dream of. His recent engagements have taken him to major opera houses in Spain, Germany, Italy, France and even Chile. He will make his Glyndebourne Festival (London) debut in this current 2018/2019 season.

Sekgapane’s is delighted to appear in Johannesburg again: “It always fills me with joy to sing at home for my friends and family, I’m looking forward it. I will do my best to give one of the best concerts of the year that people will remember for the next years.” He will share the stage with Megan Kahts, a South African mezzo-soprano working and living in Austria.

Previous Opera Jewels concerts brought home Ms Yende (2016), Pumeza Matshikiza (2017), Kelebogile Besong and Golda Schultz (both 2018). The producers also seek to give a voice to emerging opera talent by pairing them with the established stars, as was the case with sopranos Nombulelo Yende in 2016 and Noluvuyiso Mpofu in 2017. Last year the TUT Vocal Art Chorus added a new dimension to the concert: a choir of aspiring singers sharing the same stage with the jewels. The chorus will once again be a part of the concert, performing choruses from the opera literature.

The MTN Business Opera Jewels concert will take place on Wednesday 3 April at the Teatro Montecasino with the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra supporting Sekgapane, Megan Kahts and the TUT Vocal Art Chorus all under the baton of Kutlwano Masote. The programme will be an eclectic mix of opera favourites and lesser-known gems from across the ages.

Enquiries: Ma-Setlogelo Masote can be reached on 083 309 4648 or setlogelo@webmaestro.co.za


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