Internationally acclaimed Welsh opera and concert bass-baritone Bryn Terfel will perform two concerts only at the Artscape Opera House in Cape Town on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. With a host of awards and accolades including a Grammy Award, a CBE and the Queen’s Medal for Music to his name Terfel is one of the most sought-after opera singers in the world.
In a unique international celebration, Terfel will be accompanied by the Cape Town Opera chorus, winners of the 2013 International Opera chorus award, the 70-strong voices of the Wales Millennium Centre’s Only Kids Aloud Chorus and Kamal Khan, who will conduct the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. The World premiere of ‘Spirit of Unity’, a piece especially commissioned by Wales Millennium Centre, will be sung by this group of talented 9 to 13 year old singers from all over Wales, who were specifically auditioned for this tour. ‘Spirit of Unity’ was written by Dr Paul Mealor to celebrate the end of apartheid with the people of South Africa.
This is a unique opportunity to hear over 120 voices on the opera stage and is one of the many celebrations marking Cape Town Opera’s 15th Anniversary year. “The concert is the perfect gift from the people of Wales to all South Africans as we celebrate our 20 years of democracy,” says Managing Director Michael Williams.
The Wales Millennium Centre and Cape Town Opera enjoy a mutually beneficial partnership that spans a decade. The partnership began when South African businessman Sir Donald Gordon donated £10m towards the Centre’s development in 2003. One of the conditions of the donation was that the Centre established a relationship with a creative company in his home country. “With the strong choral traditions in both Wales and South Africa, our partnership with Cape Town Opera is a perfect fit,” says Bet Davies from Wales Millennium Centre.
Terfel is also known for his versatility as a concert performer, with highlights ranging from the opening ceremony of the Wales Millennium Centre, BBC’s ‘Last Night of the Proms’, and the Royal Variety Show to a gala concert with Andrea Bocelli in Central Park, New York. He has also performed with opera tenor José Carreras and soprano Hayley Westenra, has given recitals in major cities around the world and for nine years hosted his own festival in Faenol, North Wales.
Terfel’s discography encompasses the operas of Mozart, Wagner and Strauss, and he has recorded more than ten solo discs including Lieder, American musical theatre, Welsh songs and sacred repertory.
His new album with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir was released on the Deutsche Grammophon label in September 2013. Current plans include semi-staged performances of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Lincoln Center, New York and at the Llangollen International Music Festival.
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For more information, visit www.capetownopera.co.za.