H. Purcell

THE FAIRY QUEEN

Cape Town Opera collaborated with Stellenbosch University’s Music and Drama Departments for the first time on this production for US Woordfees 2018, and award-winning writer Wessel Pretorius reflected this in the script. Wittily echoing the plot of "A Midsummer Night’s Dream", it is set in the music and drama departments of the University, meaning - perhaps for the first time in this opera - many of the characters are Afrikaans.

So yes, says Swerdlow “we have a bit to say about university politics and the new colonialism, but essentially it is about personal relationships ... a good-natured comic romp.”

Pretorius agrees. He describes Swerdlow’s concept as “very modern and tongue-in-cheek, so no one needs to feel intimidated by the preciousness of classicists when they consider buying a ticket.”

With striking designs by Michael Mitchell, Maritha Visagie and Kobus Rossouw, created especially for the Spier Amphitheatre, and choreography by Sibonakaliso Ndaba, Cape Town Opera’s The Fairy Queen is an evening of Baroque opera at its most entertaining, for old hands and opera virgins alike.


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Conductor Erik Dippenaar
Scriptwriter Wessel Pretorius
Director Alan Swerdlow
Set Designer Michael Mitchell
Costume Designer Maritha Visagie
Lighting Designer Kobus Rossouw
Choreographer Sibonakaliso Ndaba
ORCHESTRA Camerata Tinta Barocca
university of stellenbosch chorus
makupula secondary school chorus

 

 

Herklaas Alistair Seymore
Jerzy Willem Lochner
Uta Megan Meyer
Anneline Lindi Joubert
Drama Student Stephren Saayman
Drama student Cantona James
Barrymore Petrus du Preez
Student 1 Megan Schroeder
Student 2 Aiden Lewis
Drunken poet Oliver Druce
Fairy 1 Trudette Schoeman
Fairy 2 Jana-Mari van Dyk
Fairy 3 Blaine Josephs
Fairy 4 Phillip Jordaan
Fairy 5 Keaton Manwaring
Fairy Queen Marina Pienaar
Echo 1 Katya Zoio
Echo 2 Albie Lottering
Echo 3 Van Wyk Venter
Corridon Phillip Jordaan
Mopsa Lusi Sesanti
Nymph Tiffany Thomas
Oberon’s attendant Jana-Mari van Dyk
Spring Anna du Plessis
Summer Kirsten Pienaar
Autumn Blaine Josephs
Winter Keaton Manwaring
Chinese woman Karla Brits
Chinese man Xander Kritzinger
Hymen Van Wyk Venter

 

Performance Hirstory
3-5 March, 2018 Spier Amphitheater