Hey Opera lovers! La Boheme has hit District Six! The classic opera kicked off last night at the Artscape and will be running till the 1st of May! See below the Press release about the production!
One of the most popular operas, Giacomo Puccini’s classic, La Bohème, is once again coming to Cape Town. However, this time around the classic opera comes with a local twist, staged as La Bohème in District Sixto mark 50 years since the destruction of District Six. Brought to you by Africa Arts, a collaborative production company, La Bohème in District Six will be presentedat theSuidoosterfees on 28 April, 29 April and 01 May at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town.
Producer and Africa Arts’ founder (who also plays a lead role in this opera), Amanda Osorio says: “We decided to update one of the world’s best loved and well known operas,‘La Bohème,’ and set it in District Six. We did this as a way of honouring and celebrating the heritage of this important South African space and historical era, through the lens of a classic opera storyline.”
District Six was a vibrant neighbourhood with a diverse population who appreciated the arts and music. That is why it became a logical idea for Osorio to combine La Bohème’s storyline with the historical legacy of District Six. “La Bohème means ‘The Bohemians’ and District Six was well known for its bohemian atmosphere. It was a place where South African artists of all races and religions could mix freely and share ideas, which resulted to a collective culture in opposition to the Apartheid regime,” she says.
The original La Bohème is set in a Paris garret and is a tale of four young struggling bohemians. The opera revolves around a tragic love story, between Rodolfo, a poet, and Mimì, a young seamstress.
La Bohème in District Six is a 90 minute version of the classic opera, re-imagined by the seasoned opera veteran, Angelo Gobbato. His arrangement is accessible while still keeping the essence of the most important operatic moments. The opera will be accompanied by a live orchestra conducted by Alex Fokkens.
La Bohème in District Six will feature five emerging South African singers who portray this 120 year old story in a South African context. Given Nkosi plays Rodolfo, Amanda Osorio will be Mimi, Lynelle Kenned as Musetta, Marcello will be played by Owen Metsilengand NjabuloSifisoMthimkhulu will play Schaunard.
This group of talented artists will be led by the award winning Tara Notcutt as the director. She has received Best Production accolades for ‘…miskien’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ at Clover Aardklop and Woordfees respectively and has three Silver and six Standard Bank Ovation Awards.
La Bohème in District Six will be presented at Suidoosterfees 2016, at the Kyknet Theatre in Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town on the following dates:
– Thursday, 28 April at 20h30 – 22h00
– Friday, 29 April at 20h00 – 21h30
– Sunday, 01 May at 15h30 – 17h00
This opera will bring District Six to life for a whole new audience of theatre-goers while sharing an important piece of South African history. Tickets range from R100 to R200 and are available at Computicket.
Now you have something interesting to do this weekend! 🙂