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Unhappily married couples and suspect fiancés take centre stage as Cape Town Opera presents two amazing shows this August for Cape Town audiences looking for a unique evening out in the Mother City.
A month of excellent entertainment can be expected as Bernstein’s “Trouble in Tahiti” will be playing at the Fugard Theatre while Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” starts at the Baxter Theatre in Rondebosch.
Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti
Set in an affluent, unnamed American suburb, Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti is a 1-act opera recounting the events of a typical day in the life of an unhappily married couple desperately trying to keep up appearances. The piece is filled with memorable tunes drawing on a wide range of musical styles, ranging from wistful operatic arias to jazzy toe-tapping numbers.
The opera was first performed in June 1952, and Bernstein took great pains to make his opera as real as possible writing in language that would have been heard in the everyday speech of the time.
Trouble in Tahiti runs from 15 to 18 August 2012 at 19h30, and tickets are available through Computicket for R90 with a R10 discount to both Friends of Cape Town Opera and Friends of the Fugard.
Mozart’s Così fan tutte
Two lovers assume disguises to test the constancy of their fiancées in Così fan tutte as Mozart’s sophisticated Italian comedy is put through a thought-provoking new staging by director Matthew Wild and designer Tina Driedijk.
Conductor Kamal Khan leads the brightest young talent of the UCT Opera School in what has been described as one of Mozart’s most unsettling and sophisticated masterpieces.
Così fan tutte runs from the 28th of August to the 1st of September and tickets are R175. Pensioners & students are able to get a 50% discount on the day of the show with ID at the venue. Tickets are also available through Computicket.