HIFA Harare International
Festival of the Arts

The 2018 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. She opened the BBC Proms in 2006 and performed with the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Colin Davis. She is an artist of incredible sensitivity, poise, and virtuosity. Soprano, Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, an 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).


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. 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.


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




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