HIFA 1-6 May

CABS Opera Gala

Music • Tickets: $20.00

Our annual night of musical magic under the stars features arias and ensembles from some of the world’s most loved operas, as well as some musical surprises. Romance, drama, death, transformation as well as levity all find a place in opera, a truly universal expression of profound human emotion.


Performing with our international opera stars will be The Zimspiration choir, trained by Kundisai Mtero, and members of the chamber music ensemble Baroque2000.




Lauded for his “sensitive and stylish” (The New York Times) and “superb” (Opera News) playing, pianist and Musical Director Craig Terry has launched an international career regularly performing with some of the world’s leading singers and instrumentalists. He is joined by Indra Thomas, a soprano who has established herself as one of the world’s major sopranos. In 2006 she sang Tippett’s A Child of Our Time to open the BBC Proms and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Si. Colin Davis. She is an artist of incredible sensitivity, poise, and virtuosity.


Soprano, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, a former resident of Cape Town, and alumnus of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric opera of Chicago is a major competition winner with plaudits from the SAMRO International Singing Scholarship (second prize) and Muzicanto Singing Competition (first prize), as well as Vienna's 2012 Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition (media jury prize, audience prize).


American contralto, Lauren Decker, is enjoying her second season in the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. This season, she was seen on the Lyric Opera stage as Giovanna (Rigoletto), Schwertleite (Die Walküre) and Enrichetta (I puritani). She has shared the stage with Placido Domingo in a concert of La Traviata


Tenor Lunga Hallem has a truly sensational voice and is generating huge attention as a member of Cape Town Opera. He is also conductor of the 70-voice, Khayelitsha-based Phenomenal Opera Voices chorus.


Baritone Mandla Mndebele won the audience prize at the 36th edition of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Russia. He is currently a Cape Town Opera soloist with principle roles including Crown in Porgy and Bess; Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte and Giorgio Germont in La Traviata. In August 2016, Mr Mndebele shared a stage with the legendary Kammersänger Johan Botha, for a special gala concert.


Dress up, bring a candlelit picnic and join us for HIFA’s most sensual and romantic night of music and drama.








The gala was beautiful, a lovely evening i deed.The guest artists were good. However you could vary the opera music from different operas. This is because there are many operas composed from different nationalities.The galas music was mainly italian opera with regular ( usual or well known) arias and chorus such as drinking song from La traviata and Flower duet. There are more arias and choruses that have have not been featured at the gala for example..Norma by Bellini..Doncarlo..Lucia di lammermoor ..Cavalleria Rusticana..Carmen ( a french opera) Madame butterfly..Magic flute..just to mention a few. Having a range of arias from different operas of different nationalities will cater for the mixed races audience. The chorus was good..but it could also sing opera chorus from western renditions or African operas such as Madiba. Also consider Zim talent which is opera singing as guest artists so as to promote our own aswell. #Musicshouldbethesoulwinner!!

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