Fresh from their successes in major European opera houses, Vuvu Mpofu and Lukhanyo Moyake return to Cape Town Opera to headline a semi-staged concert version of Bizet’s lush South-Asian fantasia, conducted by world-renowned British maestro Jan Latham-Koenig.
Composed to a libretto by Eugène Cormon and Michel Carré, Les pêcheurs de Perles premiered in Paris in 1863, when Bizet was only 24. Better known simply as ‘The Pearl Fishers Duet’, this famous set-piece sees the two men at the heart of the story make a vow of eternal friendship – a vow which will soon be torn asunder as they both fall in love with the same woman, the priestess Leïla.
This concert reunites Vuvu Mpofu and Lukhanyo Moyake, who last sang together for CTO in Rigoletto in 2017. Mpofu has won acclaim at Glyndebourne, the Bayerische Staatsoper and Vlaamse Oper, while Moyake followed his English National Opera debut with two successful seasons at the Wiener Staatsoper.
This semi-staged concert performance, conceptualised by Matthew Wild and staged by Elisabeth Manduell, features stage and costume designs by Michael Mitchell, and spectacular large-scale projections created by young Cape Town artist Shakil Solanki.
Drawing inspiration from his Hindu upbringing and from Eastern classical art, Solanki’s work is simultaneously sensual and discomforting – a fascinating visual counterpoint to Bizet’s gorgeous score. Acclaimed British maestro Jan Latham- Koenig, a regular guest at the world’s most prestigious opera, will make his South African debut conducting the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra.
15,17 and 19 June.
Venue: Artscape Opera House, D.F. Malan St, Foreshore, Cape Town
Time: 15 and 17 June at 6.30pm | 19 June at 6pm