Recitals are held throughout the year; operas not so often. The Richard Wagner Society has been proud to have presented artists from all spheres of classical music over the years.


November 28, 2013

Wagner / Verdi / CPO.

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.

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Bernhard Gueller


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.

February 16, 18, 19, 2012

Le Convenienze ed inconvenienze teatrali.

Gaetano Donizetti

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.

Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra

Director: Lara Bye
Conductor: Kamal Khan

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


“Siyabulela Ntlale as Mamma is very funny … Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi as Daria 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

January 27 and 29, 2011


Richard Wagner

Playing to two full houses at Artscape Opera on January 27 and 29, 2011, The Flying Dutchman reached and charmed two sold out houses in the 2011 Suidoosterfees. This was the first time the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra joined with the Richard Wagner Society, and the first time the Wagner Festival Chorus was featured. This chorus comprised 40 young singers from the townships, not one of whom had been inside an opera house, heard an opera or spoke German.


Senta: Nkosazana Dimande
Dutchman: Gary Simpson
Steuerman: Sonnyboy Dladla
Daland: Rouel Beukes
Eric: Matthew Overmeyer
Mary: Karen van der Walt
Cape Town Philharmoic Orchestra


“Besonderer ‘Hollander’ ‘n lus vir die oog en oor!” – Pieter Kooij, Die Burger
“The Wagner Society really did us all a great favour …. Lara Bye’s vibrant and accessible production of Wagner’s opera is tailor-made for Capetonians …. Kamal Khan does an amazing job with Wagner’s richly complex score.” – Fiona Chisholm, The Cape Times
“What a triumph … a standing ovation on the sensational first night.” – Rodney Trudgeon, Fine Music Radio


La Scala di Seta

Gioachino  Rossini

Director: Lara Bye

With Magdalene Minnaar, Elizabeth Frandsen, Aubrey Lodewyk, Sunnyboy Dladla and Conroy Scott


2008 & 2009

La Serva Padrona

Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

Director: Lara Bye

With Monique Weich, Christiaan Snyman and Mondi Mthombeni

Herbert Gloeckner, President of the Richard Wagner Society of South Africa, was presented with the Golden W, the international Wagner Society’s most prestigious award, in 2010.