Opera in a Convent Garden – 2 Feb 2014

Opera in a Convent Garden –
A picnic-programme of light classics, from Opera, Musicals and Jazz

Goitsemang Lehobye – Soprano
Louise Howlett – Soprano
Khanyiso Gwenxane – Tenor
Ifriky Tadadjeu – Tenor
Riaan Hunter – Baritone
Stellenbosch University Camerata

Musical Direction: Albert Combrink

Read CV’s of the performers HERE

Springfield Convent School, St. John’s Road, Wynberg, Cape Town

SUNDAY 2 February 2014

17h30 – 19h30 (Picnic Gates open at 15h30)

Tickets at R120 for Adults, R20 for Children over 10 years

021 797 9637 extension 200 (school hours) or 079 653 3497 or better still at operainaconventgarden@mweb.co.za

Food and Refreshments:  Pack a Picnic or order your own.
Pre-ordered picnics at 082 781 1708 by 28 January

Safe and Secure Parking provided

Opera in a Convent Garden takes place on Sunday, 2nd February 2014 at Springfield Convent in Wynberg.   The Rotary Club of Kromboom, Springfield Convent School and the Past Pupils’ Union (PPU) invite you to join in a celebration of The Voice.

Over the past ten years Opera in a Convent Garden has featured some of Cape Town’s finest young singers who have gone on to make their name universal.  Pretty Yende immediately comes to mind.  This year our young stars are Goitsemang Lehobye, Riaan Hunter, Louise Howlett, Khanyiso Gwenxane and Ifriki Tadadjeu –  all poised on the brink of major careers. (Read their CV’s here).  Goitsemang Lehobye won the Mimi Coertse  as well the Schock Singing Competitions and her career has taken her as far as Finland where she sang in the Helsinki Mayoral New Year’s Ball in 2013. Riaan Hunter is well-known for his success in pop music and opera, starring as Don Giovanni at Artscape last year, and also winning the Schock Singing Competition. Ifriky Tadadjeu is a singing Space Technology PhD student who performs regularly in Cape Town. Khanyiso Gwenxane has already performed on London’s West End and takes major roles in opera productions in Cape Town . Louise Howlett is a Cape Town favourite hailing from the Royal College of Music in London, having performed in the top Jazz and Classical venues and concert series in the country.

Orchestral accompaniment will be by the Stellenbosch Camerata, led by Suzanne Martens, featuring some of the Peninsula’s finest musicians, including cellist Peter Martens.  Musical Director Albert Combrink also presents the programme. Come and enjoy a varied musical programme of popular opera arias and songs from the musicals to warm the heart.

To the sounds of the Springfield Marimba Band, more than one thousand people will relax and enjoy a picnic in the late afternoon.  The popular Opera Café provides a selection of wines and bubbly as well as other delicacies, while the Children’s Corner offers entertainment by a magician, face painting, a bubble machine and other attractions to keep them happy.

Parking marshals will assist with parking and the Springfield girls will lead you down to the lawns. For those who need it, a golf cart will also be available.

All proceeds from the event will be equally shared with charities such as Habitat for Humanity, “Where Rainbows Meet” a Kromboom Rotary Project, and the PPU Bursary Fund.

Find out more about the Artists:

 Goitsemang Lehobye – Grabbing opportunities with both hands

Khanyiso Gwenxane – From Khayelitsha to the World Stage

Ifriky Tadadjeu Sokeng – Singing: It’s not Rocket Science, you know

Louise Howlett – Breaking the Rules

Riaan Hunter – Cross-over Baritone

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Bookings:  021 7979637 (ext 200) during school hours.

OR 0796533497 at any time OR operainaconventgarden@mweb.co.za

Tickets:  Adults R120, Scholars R40, Children under 10 are free

Time and Date:  Sunday 2 Feb 2014, 17.30 Gates open at 15.30