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Sunday, July 23, 2017


(Christopher Duigan & Federico Freschi)

Baritone Federico Freschi and pianist Christopher Duigan, will perform The Songs You Love, on July 27 at St Agnes Church in Kloof and the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on July 30.

The concert will bring together popular melodies from the world of opera, classic musicals and the world’s popular stages. The programme includes numbers from Carmen, Marriage of Figaro, My Fair Lady, Neapolitan songs including O sole mio, and celebrated numbers from Cole Porter, Edith Piaf and others. 

After completing postgraduate studies in History of Art, Freschi studied towards a Performer’s Diploma in Opera at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music. He subsequently sang with the CAPAB Singers’ Studio, appearing in a number of operas, operettas and musicals.

Since returning to Johannesburg, Freschi has performed several roles, including Germont in La Traviata, Marcello in La Bohème, Dr Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Danilo in The Merry Widow, and Zurga in Les Pêcheurs de Perles, amongst others. He is currently executive dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg and maintains a regular concert schedule in collaboration with Duigan.

Duigan is widely regarded as one of South Africa's most leading concert pianists and has performed extensively with all leading orchestras in the country, including the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, Cape Philharmonic and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestras. In recital he has achieved a popular following through his innovative presentation and programming featuring a broad and eclectic taste in music.

The Songs You Love will take place on July 27 at 19h30 at St Agnes Church in Kloof and on July 30 at 11h30 at the Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Tickets R130 for the concert at St Agnes Church. Book through the St Agnes Church office at 031 764 2037.

Tickets R80 for the show at the Tatham Art Gallery, in Chief Albert Luthuli Street, Pietermaritzburg. Book via email at or send an SMS or WhatsApp to 083 417 4473. Cafe Tatham will be open from 10h00 for coffee and lunch. For more information phone 033 342 8327.

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