Adding Latin flair to opera

2016-10-18 06:00
Canadian tenor Luc Robert

Canadian tenor Luc Robert

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A dynamic and exciting cast that includes two acclaimed international soloists and two local favourites will be adding flair to Michael Williams’ revival of Carmen at the Artscape Opera House this week.

Violina Anguelov once again takes the role of Carmen. The Bulgarian born mezzo-soprano seems born for this role and, in 2011, her performance was celebrated by both critics and the public alike.

Paying Don José is Canadian tenor Luc Robert, described by Ken Winters in The Globe and Mail as “one of the most beautiful tenors to emerge in recent years.” A former firefighter, Robert is much in demand in Opera houses in Europe and America. In 2015, he made his Metropolitan Opera debut in Verdi’s Ernani performing alongside Plácido Domingo.

Don José is one of Robert’s signature roles and, in the 2016/17 season, he is engaged in Carmen productions at Frankfurt Opera, Estonian National Opera, the Opéra de Nice in France and, of course, Cape Town Opera.

South African born William Berger takes the role of Carmen’s lover, Escamillo. Berger has performed at renowned opera houses and festivals, including the English National Opera, the Liceu in Barcelona, Opera Vlaanderen, Opéra de Toulon, and the Lucerne, Aix-en-Provence and Edinburgh International Festivals.

Cape Town Opera Studio singer Noluvuyiso Mpofu plays the role of Micaëla. Mpofu recently took second prize in the prestigious 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, held at Artscape in July. She also won the hearts of the engaged and enthusiastic audience, who awarded her the Audience Prize.

The four will join a cast of 90 who will be accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.V Carmen will be staged on Thursday 20, Saturday 22, Tuesday 25, Thursday 27 and Saturday 29 October. Tickets are available at Computicket.

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