‘Litsha’s Nolu to make her mark in opera

2015-05-07 06:00
Noluvuyiso Mpofu will be playing the lead role in La Traviata at Artscape this week.

Noluvuyiso Mpofu will be playing the lead role in La Traviata at Artscape this week.

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Khayelitsha opera singer Noluvuyiso Mpofu will be on stage at Artscape Theatre this week in Verdi’s popular La Traviata.

Noluvuyiso, who is currently doing the final year of her postgraduate diploma in performance, says she can’t really explain how excited she is to be playing the role of Violetta Valery.

La Traviata has been one of her favourite operas since high school already, in fact, it’s the piece that made her fall in love with opera and the opportunity to play the principal role is a dream come true for Noluvuyiso.

La Traviata tells the story of Violetta, a terminally ill prostitute who is coerced into sacrificing her one hope of personal happiness for the sake of Alfredo, a nobleman’s, public reputation and his sister’s marriage prospects.

The piece explores themes like a human being’s right to love and live as they choose, regardless of who they are or where they come from.

Noluvuyiso says that although Violetta has a life-threatening illness, she doesn’t let it stop her from enjoying the pleasures of life while she can. She says her characters love affair with Alfredo changes her life.

To prepare for her role, Noluvuyiso read the novel that La Traviata is based on: La Dame aux camellias (or The Lady of the camellias in English), by Alexandre Dumas.

She also attended coaching sessions to ensure that “the music part of the process in on point”.

Violetta is far from her first principal role though. Opera audiences would have seen her on stage before in the principal roles in Cosi fan Tutte as Despina, in Il Barbiere di Siviglia as Rosina, Il Viaggio a Reims as Madame Cortese, and in Postcard from Morocco as the lady with the hand mirror.

“Now I am spreading my wings participating in international competitions,” Noluvuyiso adds.

La Traviata will be staged at Artscape Opera House at 19:30 on Thursday 30 April Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 May and at 18:30 on Saturday 2 and 9 May. Tickets cost between R125 and R250 and are available at Computicket

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