Cape Town Opera presents French Songbook, a concert celebrating a century (1840s – 1940s) of French mélodie.
The concert features artists Brittany Smith (soprano) and Ané Pretorius (soprano), with Managing Director Alex Gabriel at the piano, and a three-course dinner at Gåte Restaurant.
The concert takes the audience on a journey that begins and ends in the salons and cabaret theatres of Paris and traverses Europe’s ‘golden age’ (La Belle Epoque) via the desert sands of North Africa and the battlefields of war.
The programme includes pieces from Hamlet’s Ophelia, travel with an English mouse on a boat trip to France, and help a mad hatter fix his watch that is three days late.
It also features songs of unrequited love, mini-scenes as if at the opera, waltz in a haunted house, medieval France, and dance at the cabaret.
The programme includes mélodies by French masters such as Berlioz, Bizet, Duparc, Hahn, Ravel, Satie and Poulenc, as well as a few surprises by lesser-known French composers.
For bookings contact Leigh Harding at
Venue: Quoin Rock, 7600 Knorhoek Rd, Stellenbosch
Time: Dinner at Gåte Restaurant 6pm | Concert starts at 4pm
Cost: R1,150 per person, includes a 3-course dinner, a welcome drink and the concert