Cape Town Opera in the midst of COVID-19


Cape Town Opera in the midst of COVID-19Matthew Wild, Artistic Director of the Cape Town Opera, announces a variety of exciting projects undertaken by the company.

A trio of filmed projects are being taken on by the CTO. The first of these is a Recital from the Ensemble of soprano Brittany Smith, pianist Jeremy Silver and violinist Refiloe Olifant. Filmed two weeks ago in the sumptuously Italianate Casa Labia in Muizenberg, the video was launched on June 16.

Another filmed project is designed to promote a major cultural endeavour of Cape Town Opera Youth Development and Education (YDE) programme, namely the E-Learning Sing like a Pro project.  With physically engaged coaching for the ABC Motsepe South African Schools Choral Eisteddfod competitions out of the question, videos are being made in a studio in Woodstock to produce 13 learning modules to assist young singers. The team consists of Cape Town Opera singers, director Greg Karvellas, pianist Francois Botha and CTO YDE co-ordinators.

The last of these film projects takes the form of a collaboration between CTO and Cape Town City Ballet; a filmed performance of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, which Wild directs with musical accompaniment from Camerata Tinta Barocca, conducted by Erik Dippenaar.

Wild remarks on the project: “We’re doing it in a huge studio to enable social distancing, with six dancers, two vocalists and ten musicians. There is much hardware to ensure personal safety, including masks, frequent sanitising and perspex screens, with the floor marked in squares to which each performer is confined. Choreography is by Mthuthuzeli November via Zoom from London, and it’s a real leap into the unknow.”

Finally, as Europe gradually returns to some degree of normality, an exciting prospect before the company is a new version of Porgy and Bess, directed by Wild and featuring CTO’s renowned chorus, to premiere in Vienna in October.

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