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Sunday, September 13, 2015


(Juan Burgers)

Chorus rehearsals got underway recently at the Durban Music School for the world premiere of Ubuntu – The Opera by Juan Burgers.

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission and presented under the auspices of Esayidi FET College in collaboration with Bravo Africa Entertainment, the production will be performed in the Playhouse Opera between November 17 and 22, 2015.

Burgers’ creation will be staged as a 21st anniversary salute to South Africa’s Struggle for Democracy while providing a showcase of some of the country’s finest operatic talent. Set to a score underpinned by the composer’s strong melodic drive and his bent for richly conceived vocal and orchestral writing, Ubuntu – The Opera is written in two acts with a prologue. Burgers’ libretto focuses on key events in the years of struggle against apartheid.

Aside from the principal roles in the cast, the production features a powerhouse chorus of some 60 singers who will perform with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Lykele Temmingh. With Burgers as its artistic director, vocal coach and repetiteur, and Raphael Vilakazi its executive producer, Ubuntu – The Opera will be directed, designed and choreographed by David Krugel.

Tickets R120, R180 and R250 pp (R90 students and pensioners). Booking opens shortly through Computicket outlets at Shoprite Checkers stores, telephonically on 0861 915 8000, or via the Playhouse box office on 031-369 9540 (office hours), or online at