This witty opera performed by Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Performing Arts (Vocal Art) reflects on social norms and standards.
After impressing Mozart with his libretto, Italian librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte collaborated with the composer in the first instalment of the trilogy of Italian comic opera, which cemented Mozart as one of the greatest composers of the opera genre.
Given the political dispensation of that time, the performance caused a scandal with its revolutionary take on 18th-century society as the servant outsmarted the Count, drastically switching social norms and standards. The witty Figaro wants to marry the beautiful maid Susanna, but her charms have also moved Count Almaviva. Will Figaro manage to stop the lovesick Count?
Figaro is directed by Pierre Du Toit, lecturer at the Department of Performing Arts (Vocal Art). The conductor is Thami Zungu, programme coordinator, Department of Performing Arts (Vocal Art) and the producers are lecturers, Mhlaba Buthelezi and Charlotte Mangani.
Sung in Italian with English supertitles, the six performances are scheduled for 8 August (19:00), 10 August (19:00), 12 August (15:00), 15 August (19:00), 18 August (19:00), and 19 August (15:00).
Tickets are R40 for students and R80 for the public.
The Breytenbach Theatre is situated at 137 Gerard Moerdyk Street, Sunnyside, Pretoria.
For bookings, please phone 012 382 2630 / 082 884 8946 (office hours), e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tut.ac.za/goto/breytie.
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