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Saturday, August 10, 2019


(Nozuko Teto)

Friends of Music, in association with Christopher Duigan’s Music Revival, is proud to host Sunday at the Opera featuring the internationally acclaimed soprano Nozuko Teto.

Teto will be joined on stage by leading concert pianist and Steinway Artist Christopher Duigan and special guest Federico Freschi (baritone). This unique concert, featuring three internationally acclaimed local artists, takes place on August 18 at 15h00 at the Durban Jewish Centre.

(Right: Christopher Duigan)

Their programme on includes arias by Mozart, Puccini, Bizet, traditional songs, inspirational melodies and numbers from the classic musicals. Pianist Christopher Duigan is featured in two major piano solos.

Join those on stage in experiencing an afternoon of beautiful classical melodies, arias and duets by composers such as Mozart, Puccini, Bizet and more.

South African soprano Teto was born in Bizana, Eastern Cape. She studied at University of KwaZulu-Natal and the University of Cape Town as a student of Kamal Khan and Virginia Davids. Thanks to a scholarship from the Nicolai Ghiaurov Foundation, she was able to study with the celebrated soprano Mirella Freni at her CUBEC Academy. During that year in Italy, she sang in many concerts at the Teatro Comunale Pavarotti in Modena with the Puccini Festival Orchestra, in Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, with the Rotterdam Symphony. She made her debut as Mimi in La Bohème in South Africa while in December 2012, she sang the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Italy.

(Left: Federico Freschi)

After completing postgraduate studies in History of Art, baritone Federico Freschi studied towards a Performer’s Diploma in Opera at the UCT College of Music. He subsequently sang with the CAPAB Singers’ Studio, before returning to Johannesburg, where he 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. Following a period as an associate professor in History of Art at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2013, he was appointed a full professor in, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. He maintains a regular concert schedule in collaboration with Christopher Duigan.

Widely regarded as one of South Africa's leading concert pianists, Duigan has been recognised as a “South African piano icon” and “national musical treasure” (Classic Feel, June 2009). Duigan has maintained an illustrious career based in South Africa over the last 25 years. This includes performing as soloist with every major orchestra in South Africa and appearing in numerous recital performances at major venues and festivals including Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria, Casa Labia in Cape Town,  Steinway Hall in London, in Mexico City and at the National Arts Festival (Makhanda/Grahamstown) and Hilton Arts Festival. In 2010 he was invited to become a 'Steinway Artist', joining an exclusive company of renowned international musicians. In December 2019, together with Spanish saxophonist David Salleras, Duigan was soloist with the Orquestra des Valles in the one of the world’s most prestigious concert venues, the Palau de la Musica, Barcelona. Their performance was repeated at the Endler Hall, for the Woordfees in Stellenbosch, March 2019. In July this year Duigan returned to play in England at the Latimer Music Festival, a series of concerts programmed around a small of collective of musicians.

Based in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, Duigan is committed to promoting concert performance, both his own and those of others, locally and further afield. As producer and impresario he is the director of the widely acclaimed Music Revival which he established in 1997 and now presents more than 100 concerts annually.

Sunday at the Opera takes place at 15h00 on August 18 at the Durban Jewish Centre, 44 KE Masinga (Old Fort) Road, Durban. Tickets R120 and booking is at