gauteng-operajpg

The final curtain for Gauteng Opera

Not too long ago we saw the final curtain call for the celebrated 30-year-old Dance Umbrella. This was followed by more sad news for the arts fraternity when it was announced Gauteng Opera would come to an end as well. Funding from private and foreign donations dried up, leading the board of directors to announce Gauteng Opera would shut down on 31 March.

Gauteng Opera has played a big role in introducing opera and classical music to the public for the past 18 years, also offering training to more than 150 singers, technical experts and art administrators.

Its artistic director, Phenye Modiane, has said unless Gauteng Opera raises R1-million by Sunday, they will close shop.

"Due to the prevailing socioeconomic environment, it has proven very difficult for Gauteng Opera to raise enough funds to cover all its operational needs. So, it is with a heavy heart that the board of Gauteng Opera has resolved to shut down the company and cease all operations by 31 March," the organisation said in a statement.

"This has been an agonising decision, and the board and management of Gauteng Opera considered all available options and, short of a miracle we will not be able, in good conscience and within our requirements, carry on and risk putting the company and all its stakeholders knowingly in peril."

Since its inception in 2000, the Gauteng Opera has impressed audiences and nurtured remarkable opera singers who have continued to amaze South African and international audiences in shows such as La Traviata, L’elisir D’amore, and One Voice.

Opera singer Njabulo Madlala commented on Facebook: “I heard so much incredible talent. They all have these voices, but no work and nowhere to work. There is little hope. We need intervention in South Africa.”

Sunday’s concert, Sacred Songs will consist of the most well-known sacred music to celebrate Easter, including Ave Maria, Panis Angelicus, Pie Jesu, Every Time I feel the Spirit and Goin’ Home.

These songs will be performed by Khayakazi Madlala (soprano), Yolanda Nyembezi (mezzo-soprano), Phenye Modiane (tenor), Kagiso Boroko (tenor), Lindo Maso (tenor), Kanyiso Kula (tenor), Chuma Sijeqa (baritone) and Solly Motaung (baritone).

* Sacred Songs will be performed on Sunday, March 18, at the Tin Town Theatre. All proceeds and donations will go to ensuring a last salary for the artists and staff of Gauteng Opera.


This article first appeared on 702 : The final curtain for Gauteng Opera


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Healthy affordable food eateries in and around Jozi

Healthy affordable food eateries in and around Jozi

Here are a few affordable healthy food eateries to get you on the path to health.

'Wake Up, This is Joburg' - a ten-book series of Johannesburg stories

'Wake Up, This is Joburg' - a ten-book series of Johannesburg stories

In the ninth installment in the series photographer Mark Lewis and writer Tanya Zack takes a look at Jozi's thriving inner city.

Multi-faceted artist Dada Khanyisa's work acts as a social mirror

Multi-faceted artist Dada Khanyisa's work acts as a social mirror

The artist's final year art project Father Figure is an autobiographical installation that refers to her own life

Photographer Mara Mbele using her medium as a tool for activism

Photographer Mara Mbele using her medium as a tool for activism

This Jozi photographer uses her camera as a form of social activism focusing predominantly on the #FeesMustFall student movement.

Embracing Jozi's graffiti culture

Embracing Jozi's graffiti culture

Rhodé Marshall takes a look at street art on the streets of Johannesburg.

First-ever Soweto Kota Festival

First-ever Soweto Kota Festival

Now there's a festival to celebrate the popular stuffed quarter-bread comfort food much beloved by South Africans.

Joziburg is home to cool creatives

Joziburg is home to cool creatives

Find out more about Johannesburg's freshest new venue.

Bassline still alive and kicking as an events company

Bassline still alive and kicking as an events company

The iconic music club closed its doors but has been reborn hosting events around Jozi.

Popular articles
Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

Highly-criticised world athletics body's rule could end Caster Semenya's career

She faces ongoing complaints from rivals about having an "unfair advantage" on the track, but how fair is this proposed IAAF rule?

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Cape plumber designs device to ensure geyser water doesn't go down the drain

Wattapac is a water-saving bladder and pump designed to help plumbers save as much as 1 000 litres of water a day.

'He raped me every day for a year when I was 8 years old'

'He raped me every day for a year when I was 8 years old'

A woman has penned her triumphant story of survival after being sexually abused by an uncle as a child.

Staff at CPT hospital threaten to resign after Parly visit

Staff at CPT hospital threaten to resign after Parly visit

Khayelitsha Hospital staff claim they were ill-treated in front of patients during a visit by a Parliamentary Select Committee.

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

This is how much you should be paying your domestic worker

Stephen Rathai, director of employment standards at the Department of Labour talks on the new national minimum wage.

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Madiba’s private secretary Zelda la Grange opens up about money (hers and his)

Bruce Whitfield interviews La Grange about her and Madiba's attitude to money (hopes and fears, successes and failures, etc.)

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean agrees to pay medical bill of customer

Mugg & Bean has agreed to pay for customers medical bills after a month of being in pain and pestering the chain to pay the bill.