Cape Town Opera in collaboration with the UCT Opera School will present the debut of the opera ‘Postcard From Morocco’ in South Africa at the Artscape Theatre from Wednesday to Sunday, November 19 to 23. This exotic, colourful one act opera by Pulitzer-prize and Grammy Award winning composer Dominick Argento will be showcased for five performances only.
Set in the waiting room at a train station, a small group of strangers with their pieces of luggage in varying shapes and sizes become distracted by a puppet show. As conversations begin, secrets remain well hidden but dreams are revealed, making for an amusing music drama.
Mixing Viennese operetta and Wagnerian themes with cabaret, coloratura cadenzas and the blues, this unusual, absurdist opera is not about destinations or journeys: it is about people and the baggage they carry with them through life, providing a rare platform for South Africa’s next young soloists-in-the-making to shine.
The Cape Town Pops Orchestra, under the baton of acclaimed international conductor, Maestro Philip Brunelle, will accompany this production’s talented cast. Alan Swerdlow directs ‘Postcard from Morocco’ with costumes and set design by Michael Mitchell, lighting by Faheem Bardien and choreography Sean Bovim.
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CTO will be running an “Eat In At The Opera For R200” promotion during the run of ‘Postcard From Morocco’. R200 includes your Opera ticket, a Moroccan inspired dinner (a choice of Meat/Chicken or Vegetarian) and a glass of wine sponsored by Jordan wines.
Visit www.capetownopera.co.za for more information.