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Monday, March 19, 2012


(Bronwen Forbay)

Top South African soprano Bronwen Forbay will perform for a Gala Concert in Pietermaritzburg this weekend. Following a run of successful music evenings at the Tatham Art Gallery with pianist Christopher Duigan, this special event on March 24 promises to be an event not to be missed!

Presented by Music Revival in association with the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery, Christopher Duigan with Bronwen Forbay and guest artist, baritone Federico Freschi will perform a popular selection of opera arias, duets and song. The singers have entertained KZN audiences at the Pietermaritzburg Concert in the Park and Last Night of the Proms with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra and are much in demand on stages around South Africa.

Forbay recently left for the USA to pursue her career but is on a short visit to KZN where she has taken this opportunity to share an evening of music on stage with her favourite musical partners. She is regarded as South Africa's prima donna and was featured as the lead role in Cape Town Opera's production of Lucia di Lammermoor in 2010. On the strength of this performance, she was invited to return in 2011 to perform Violetta, the lead in Verdi's La Traviata.

The programme includes duets and scenes from Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale, Barber of Sevilleand Verdi’s La Traviata, as well as a selection of popular songs such as Granada, You Raise Me Up and O Sole Mio.

The Gala Concert is presented as a fundraising event for the Friends of the Tatham Art Gallery on March 24 at 19h30 in the Gallery. Tickets R120 include a glass of Cap Classique on arrival plus wine and fruit juices at interval. Advance booking and payment is essential. Tickets available from Parklane SUPERSPAR– Dulce Coffee Shop or email There is secure parking.

Proceeds from this Gala Concert enable FOTAG to assist the Tatham Art Gallery’s acquisition fund with the purchase of new works for their permanent collection which ranks as one of the finest, most culturally diverse and representative collections in South Africa.