January 18, 2012
With Viva la Mamma, the Richard Wagner Society’s new opera in rehearsal for its three performances in February, news that the Society’s previous production, The Flying Dutchman, reaped three nominations in the KykNet Fiesta awards for 2011 is exhilarating.
The Flying Dutchman, which was directed by Lara Bye, won nominations for best production, best design (Craig Leo) and best performance in the classical music milieu (soprano Nkosazana Dimande). The winners will be announced on February 23.
Herbert Gloeckner, president of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa, says that the Society is thrilled to be honoured.
“Last year was our third appearance in the Suidoosterfees, and this is a triumph for us. Our cast and crew worked so hard on a small budget to achieve a miracle, acknowledged as such by many members of the media and the 4000 people who went to the show.
“It’s good that our small Society, which is committed to encouraging talented young musicians embarking on a career, is part of the greater arts community of South Africa. We are blessed with wonderful voices and great actors and the two come together very well on the operatic stage.”
As part of this commitment, the Wagner Society is presenting nine young singers in Donizetti’s farce, Viva la Mamma, It will take place on February 16, 18 and 19 at different times at the KykNet Theatre in Artscape, with tickets from R100 at Computicket. “