September 5, 2013

Cape Town Opera – Madama Butterfly Returns

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WIN: We have three sets of double tickets to Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at Artscape, Cape Town valid for Wednesday, 25thSeptember 2013 @ 19h30 to give away

Please note standard terms and conditions:

  • Tickets are only valid for the specified date and performance time and may not be upgraded, exchanged for cash or for an alternate performance.
  •  Two tickets per prizewinner unless otherwise stated.
  • Tickets will be available for collection from the Cape Town Opera Guest desk located in the foyer at Artscape from one hour prior to performance time, on the date of the performance.
  • No-shows will not receive replacement tickets.
  • By entering this competition the participant agrees to the terms and condition

To Enter answer the following Question: Who sings the lead male role of Pinkerton?  Please email your answer , name & surname to competition@bridesessence.com.  (Winners will be notified via Email on Friday the 20th September 2013.)

 

 Operatic masterpiece, Madama Butterfly returns this spring

“Riveting, heartfelt … breathtaking and thoroughly engaging” – Sunday Independent

“Christine Crouse’s production is simple, beautiful and gimmick-free … and she creates gorgeous scenes” – Die Burger.

“an engaging production of an operatic masterpiece … which can be warmly recommended, especially to first-time opera-goers” – The Cape Times.

 

Puccini’s much-loved Madama Butterfly returns to Artscape’s Opera House this spring, playing from 19 to 27 September. Sublime sets, colourful costumes and a heart-rending opera takes the audience on an emotional rollercoaster ride as the story of a trusting young Japanese bride and a callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her unfolds. Butterfly’s aria ‘Un bel dì’, the joyous Flower Duet and the haunting Humming Chorus emerge from a score of consistent beauty and power, which goes straight for the emotional jugular and seldom fails to reduce even the hardest hearts to tears.

 

The leading role of Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly) is played by Russian-born soprano, Tatiana Monogarova. Educated at Russian Academy of Arts, Tatiana Monogarova has scored a considerable success the world over. Her career to date includes appearances with such eminent conductors as Vladimir Spivakov, Vladimir and Mikhail Jurowski, Daniele Callegari, Andreas Spering, Louis Langree, Julian Reynolds, Normunds Vaicis, Tomas Netopil, Edo de Waart, Hans Zender and Kent Nagano. She sang The Bells at Hong Kong Arts Festival, Strauss’s Four Last Songs with the Hong Kong Philharmonic, Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet with the Orchestra of Age of Enlightenment under Vladimir Jurowski, and Martynov’s Vita Nova in London and New York.

 

In the 2013-14 season, Ms. Monogarova takes the stage at Teatr Wielki in Warsaw singing the title role in Iolanta under Valery Gergiev, sings Lisa in a new Robert Carsen production of Pique Dame in her debut with Opernhaus Zürich under Jiri Belohlavek, and comes to Cape Town to sing the lead role of Cio-Cio San in Cape Town Opera’s Madama Butterfly.

 

South African tenor Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi will sing the lead male role of Pinkerton, the American naval officer. Moagi recently scooped up the 3rd prize Overall winner, International Media-Jury prize and Prize of the Audience at the International Hans Gabore Belvedere Competition held in Amsterdam 6 July 2013.  Born in Huhudi in Vryburg in 1982, he enrolled at the Opera School at the Pretoria Technikon in 2001 and joined The Black Tie Ensemble in 2003, where he sang Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Normanno in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.  In 2006 he sang in Pro Musica’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Opera Africa’s I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah. In 2010 he joined the Cape Town Opera’s Voice of the Nation Studio, singing Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gastone in La traviata and the Leader in Lost in the Stars. In 2011 he sang Rodolfo in the University of Cape Town production of La bohème and in 2012, he sang the role of Sportin’ Life in the UK tour of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. He recently spent four months as a guest ensemble member with the Israeli Opera in Tel Aviv.

 

Joining them on stage is Lukhanyo Moyake as Goro; Violina Anguelov as Suzuki; Mandisinde Mbuyazwe is Sharpless, and also featuring Nkosana Sitimela, Lindile Kula Snr, Xolela Sixaba, Owen Metsileng, Siphamandla Yakupa, Nonhlanhla Yende, Lubabalo Velebayi, Lindile Kula Jnr and Thando Mpushe. The Cape Town Opera Voice of the Nation Chorus under the baton of Albert Horne joins the multi-talented cast set to make Madama Butterfly 2013 a repeat sell-out sensation as its first run in 2009.

 

Christine Crouse directs this “visually arresting” production of Madama Butterfly with Kubuki-inspired set and costume designs by Michael Mitchell and lighting design by Kobus Rossouw.

 

Cape Town Opera wants to educate and inform audiences who prefer other forms of live entertainment that opera is in fact a captivating and enjoyable experience.  All productions are performed in the original language, with English translations projected above the stage.  You will easily understand every word, laugh at every joke and cry at every moment of heartbreaking beauty.  For those patrons keen to learn more about opera, thirty minute talks are presented 45 minutes before each opera performance. Talks are free to all ticket holders.

 

Book now at Computicket. Further information available at  www.capetownopera.co.za.

 

SHOW INFORMATION

All shows are subject to cancellation without prior notice.

BOOKINGS:

Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest

Computicket service centre.

SENIOR CITIZENS

50% Discount – subject to presentation of valid proof of senior citizen status

Bookings only through Computicket outlets and Artscape Box Office 021 421 7695

Seniors discount, which is less 50%, is available with immediate effect for the following date only:

Madama Butterfly – 25 September

Seniors discount for all other performances is available only on day of the performance.

 

MADAMA BUTTERFLY

VENUE: Artscape Opera House

SHOW DATES AND TIMES:

Thursday, 19 September 2013 @ 19h30

Saturday, 21 September 2013 @ 18h00

Wednesday, 25 September, 19h30

Friday, 27 September 2013 @ 19h30

PRICES: R125.00, R 250.00, R 350.00  inclusive

 

Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi who sings  the lead role of Pinkerton, the American naval officer in the forthcoming production of Madama Butterfly, on stage at Artscape, Cape Town from 19 – 27 September.  Madama Butterfly is the story of a trusting young Japanese bride and a callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her. Photo credit: Cape Town Opera.

Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi who sings the lead role of Pinkerton, the American naval officer in the forthcoming production of Madama Butterfly, on stage at Artscape, Cape Town from 19 – 27 September. Madama Butterfly is the story of a trusting young Japanese bride and a callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her. Photo credit: Cape Town Opera.

Madama Butterfly, on stage at Artscape, Cape Town from 19 – 27 September.  Photo credit: Cape Town Opera.

Madama Butterfly, on stage at Artscape, Cape Town from 19 – 27 September. Photo credit: Cape Town Opera.

Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi who sings  the lead role of Pinkerton, the American naval officer in the forthcoming production of Madama Butterfly, on stage at Artscape, Cape Town from 19 – 27 September.  Madama Butterfly is the story of a trusting young Japanese bride and a callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her. Photo credit: Cape Town Opera.

Rheinaldt Tshepo Moagi who sings the lead role of Pinkerton, the American naval officer in the forthcoming production of Madama Butterfly, on stage at Artscape, Cape Town from 19 – 27 September. Madama Butterfly is the story of a trusting young Japanese bride and a callous American naval officer who weds and abandons her. Photo credit: Cape Town Opera.

 

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