Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra Performs Mzilikazi Khumalo's Opera 'Princess Magogo'

[J.S. Mzilikazi Khumalo (b. 1932)]

City of Johannesburg > News Update
Written by Thabiso Mphelo
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
From farce to opera, with the internationally acclaimed South African work, Princess Magogo, on at the theatre from 26 April to 10 May. Composed by Mzilikazi Khumalo, the opera pays tribute to the rich musical life and key moments of the late Zulu Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu, the mother of the prince and politician Mangosuthu Buthelezi. It includes her original compositions and the tale of how she gave up true love for an arranged marriage.

Operatic talent from the Black Tie Ensemble, Tina Mene and Thembisile Twala will alternate in the role of Princess Magogo. Director Themi Venturas teams up with acclaimed artist Andrew Verster on set and costume design, Shembe dancers and the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Princess Magogo is at the Nelson Mandela Theatre at 8pm Thursdays and Fridays, and at 3 pm on Sundays. Tickets range from R90 excluding booking fees. [J. S. Mzilikazi Khumalo (b. 1932), South African Composer, Arranger & Choral Director, is profiled at AfriClassical.com

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