First of the Latest Projects from Cape Town Opera Artistic Director Matthew Wild, the ensemble of soprano Brittany Smith, pianist Jeremy Silver and violinist Refiloe Olifant performed in the sumptuously Italianate Casa Labia in Muizenberg.
The video for the performance was launched on June 16, its global premiere made possible through an invitation from Australian Judith Neilson, a generous sponsor of CTO and the driving force of an initiative called Behind Doors, which enables audiences worldwide to experience top class performances at the Phoenix Central Park in New South Wales.
Wild, who directed the imaginative collage of works by Schubert and Strauss and also featuring Mackay Davashe’s ‘Lakutshon’ Ilanga’, was delighted with the artists’ calibre. “They only had one day in which to rehearse before filming, and Jeremy had not had access to a piano since the March lockdown. What they’ve achieved is amazing.”