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Monday, October 14, 2013


An opera-production being managed, directed and conducted by Opera and Choral Academy students will take place on October 16 and 17.

The opera is Le Villi by Giacomo Puccini, one of the highly respected opera composers of the 20th century. The project serves as an opportunity for students to familiarize themselves with necessities and difficulties of starting a production from the scratch so that they are not just performers but managers, directors and critical artists and storytellers of the future.

Le Villi is an opera-ballet written for three soloists and a chorus. After celebrating an engagement party, Roberto – now Anna’s fiancĂ© – leaves to collect his inheritance left by his late aunt. However, he is then seduced by another woman and leaves Anna to die of heartache. The Willis – virgin ghosts who live in the forest nearby – come to pardon her soul and influence her to pursue revenge. He comes back later seeking forgiveness to find her ghost at the end of the forest. Anna, together with the Willis, propel him to dance until he dies on their feet.

Le Villi will have performances on October 16 and 17 at 18h00 at Jubilee Hall, Prince Alice Avenue on the UKZN Howard College campus.

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