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Uliana Alexeyev


Robert Brooks/ Gisela de Villiers

Golda Schultz

Victoria Stevens


David Pinoit / Albie van Schalkwy

Eddie McLean / Simon Louw (piano)

Kristiyan Chernev / Francois du Toit (piano)

Singers we supported in Dusseldorf!

Good news from Dusseldorf – all four singers we supported made it to the semi-finals of the 2014 International Belvedere Singing Competition, following in the footsteps of Pretty Yende as well as Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi and Tsepho Moagi, who have both sung for the Society in opera and/or concert. 

This is no mean achievement for Siyabulela Ntlale, Linda Nteleza, Khanyiso Gwenxane and Owen Metsileng when you consider there were more than 1300 entrants and only 17 semi-finalists but the crowning glory goes to Siya. He took second place with a cash prize, and prizes of offers to sing at Deutsche Oper am Rhein Düsseldorf – Duisburg role and the Theatre in Erfurt as well as the Kirsten Flagstaff Festival prize to sing in Norway. He also won the Olga Warla Kolo Prize of € 500. 

Siya, our wonderful Mamma in Viva la Mamma in 2012 and a singer in the Wagner Society’s gala concert with the CPO and the Verdi Society last year, has a wonderful career ahead of him and we wish him well. He will be appearing for the Society in February.

September 2014
Wagner / Verdi / CPO November 28, 2013

The Richard Wagner Society is delighted to announce a collaboration with the Verdi Society and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra to celebrate the bicentenary of these composers who changed the face of opera.

Bookings for the City Hall concert will open on August 1 at Computicket and Artscape Dial a Seat.

The Cast:

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Bernhard Gueller

Soloists: Michelle Breedt, mezzo

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi, soprano

Tshepo Moagi, tenor

Riaan Hunter, baritone

Siyabulela Ntlale

Thesele Kemane, bass

Bongani Khebeka, bass

Siyabulela Ntlale

Bongani Khubeka

Thesele Kemane

Voices of Cape Town.

The programme:
Wesendoncklieder, arias from Tannhauser, Lohengrin, La Traviata, Don Carlo, Simon Boccanegra and Luisa Miller.



Farida Bacharova / Albie van Schalkwyk

Farida Bacharova / Uliana Alexeyev

Avigail Bushakewitz

Quentin Crida

Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali

Donizetti: Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali

Conductor: Kamal Khan

Director: Lara Bye

Donizetti was smiling at the way his opera, Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali, also known as  ‘Viva la Mamma’  turned out in the 2012 Suidoosterfees in the Kyknet Theatre at Artscape on February 16, 18 and 19.  The audiences – and those at the final dress rehearsal were delighted at the way art mirrored life or life mirrored art!  Baritone Siyabulela Ntlale in the title role of Donna Agata impressed the critic at Die Burger, as did Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi as the prima donna, Daria, in particular.


Donna Agata: Siyabulela Ntlale
Daria: Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi
Procolo: Thesele Kemane Procolo
Poet: Thando Mpushe
Maestro: Mandisinde Mbuyazwe
Luigia: Linda Nteleza
Guglielmo: Makudupanyane Senaoana
Pippetto: Karen Van Der Walt
Impresario/director: Phelo Nodlayiya
Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra


What the critics said:

“Siyabulela Ntlale as Mamma is very funny … Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi as Dari impressed. Makudupanyane Senoana as the German tenor was also good.” – Naude van der Merwe, Die Burger, February 18, 2012
…”a production which was charmingly innocent in its direct approach. The humour is real, neither contrived nor clever … This was the grubby, unflattering world of rehearsal and the milieu was neatly captured in Kramer’s efficient set … The cast do well … Ntlale (‘s) … sheer physicality tended to dominate the stage and his personality was quite its match…
“The production was a credit to the Richard Wagner Society of SA and confirms its status as a serious player in SA’s opera firmament” – Deon Irish, Cape Times, February 21, 2012