Enjoy an evening of #AllThingsItalian at Artscape on May 15, 17 and 18. Family feuds, true love, secret romance and passion play out in Bellini’s opera of the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story (‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’), paired with a glass of Bellini and Italian antipasti, and visit the exhibition of rich Italian opera costumes on display in the Marble foyer at Artscape.
Cape Town Opera in collaboration with UCT Opera School present a retelling of the ‘Romeo and Juliet’ story. This opera is Bellini’s poignant take on the tragedy and tenderness of young love and the rivalry between their families, the Capulets and the Montagues. While the plot is at its core about the rivalry of two men for one woman, that description belies the range and nuance of emotions conveyed on-stage in this heart-rending production.
“The tale of Romeo and Juliet’s ‘star-crossed’ love is arguably the most famous love story in the whole of western literature. It has inspired many operas (I can think of three besides ‘I Capuleti’), ballets, plays, films and musicals (including Bernstein’s ‘West Side Story’); I have so enjoyed working on this opera with these talented, lovely people and this glorious music. What a privilege”, says the director, Steven Stead.
The bel canto masterpiece ‘I Capuleti e i Montecchi’ will be brought to stage in a collaboration between Cape Town Opera and UCT Opera School at the Artscape Opera House. Jeremy Silver, Director of the UCT Opera School, conducts the UCT Symphony Orchestra, with designs by Michael Mitchell and Kobus Rossouw. The soloists – members of the much-admired Cape Town Opera Young Artists Programme, and UCT Opera School students – will perform along with a 30-member chorus.
The opera costume display ‘Italian Opera Embraces Africa’ features sketches and costumes from the rich collection of Teatro dell’Opera di Roma. This exhibition is a tribute to Opera; a journey through the masterpieces and the most famous characters of the lyrical repertoire performed at the Teatro dell’Opera in the last century. The selection includes 49 sketches and 14 costumes, each piece related to a famous opera title; and selected essays designed by theatrical artists ranging from 1912 to the present day, part of the golden age of opera. Two costumes worn by Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti complete the gallery. As a special tribute to South Africa there will be a video of one of our latest productions of Alban Berg’s ‘Lulu’, directed by acclaimed South African artist William Kentridge.
* Enjoy a glass of Bellini and Italian antipasti for just R120. Add this onto your opera ticket when you book at Computicket.