Operatic light side

2010-12-07 00:00

THEMI Venturas, Clare Mortimer and Dhaveshan Govender have joined forces to take a humorous look at the world of opera in the Catalina­ Theatre’s festive productrion, Opera Exposed.

Audiences can expect innovation, cleverness, full orchestral sound and loads of laughs at Durban’s Wilson­’s Wharf in this musical production which runs from Thursday until December 19.

Conceived by Venturas, with scenes written by up-and-coming playwright Govender and direction by multi-award winning actress- director­, Mortimer, Opera Exposed takes a look at what happens when two intrepid theatre stagehands played by Govender (Shear Madness, Shooting, Spice and Stuff) and Loyiso McDonald (Sasol Fever, Shear Madness, Master Harold and the Boys, Kiss of the Spiderwoman, Othello) give the audience their humorous­ perceptions of the world of opera.

While they muse about the “great fuss” made of opera, the audience will hear world-class renditions of some of the best loved operatic highlights, including material from Nabucco, La Traviata, La Boheme, The Magic Flute, Gianni Schicci, Aida, Porgy and Bess, Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, as well as favourites from Phantom of the Opera, Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up, Freddie Mercury’s Barcelona, Ol’ Man River from Show Boat, and Conquest of Paradise by Vangelis.

The songs will be performed by three of South Africa’s top operatic soloists — Cape Town soprano Beverley­ Chiat, last seen in Durban in Handel’s Messiah; Otto Maidi, a bass baritone who most recently sang the role of Colline in La Boheme in Norway and Johannesburg, and who has sung the role of DinuZulu in Mzi Khumalo’s Princess Magogo; and Dewald von Solms, the distinguished tenor whose many appearances in South African opera led to a recent three-month stint with the Israeli Opera.

Opera Exposed show times are 8 pm, Thursdays and Fridays, 5 pm and 8 pm on Saturdays, and 2 pm and 6 pm on Sundays.

Tickets R90 (evenings) and R60 (matinées). Book at 031 305 6889 or online at www.strictlytickets. co.za — Arts Editor.

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