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Arias Programme: Opera Classics from France and Beyond at My Body My Space

Featuring sopranos Andiswa Makana and Nombuso Ndlandla
7 February 2015 | 
My Body My Space, Ekurhuleni

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Photos from left to right: Andiswa Makana and Nombuso Ndlandla will perform as part of My Body My Space (Photo (c) Johnathan Andrews / JIMF 2013)

The concert "Arias Programme: Opera Classics from France and Beyond" is presented as part of at My Body My Space on 7 February 2015 between 15h and 16h40 at the Oliver Tambo Cultural District in Watville in City of Ekurhuleni.

The programme which includes extracts of works by French composers is performed by Andiswa Makana: Dramatic Soprano; Nombuso Ndlandla: Lyric Soprano

Henri Duparc: Chanson triste; Gabriel Faure: Reve d’amour, Apres un reve; Claude Debussy: Nuit d’Etoiles; George Bizet: Je dis, que rien ne m’epouvante; Carmen: Rec.and Aria of Micaela; Charles Gounod: Air de Bijoux; Faust: Rec.and Aria of Marguerite; Jules Massenet: Adieu, notre petite table; Manon: Rec. and Aria of Manon; Gaetano Donizetti: Chacun le sait; La Fille du regiment: Aria of Marie; Guiseppe Verdi: Pace, pace; La sforza del destino: Aria of Leonora; Wolfgang A.Mozart: O zittre nicht, mein lieber Sohn; Die Zauberflöte: Aria of the Queen of the Night.

The concert is presented with the support of the French Institute of South Africa.

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Andiswa Makana

Andiswa Makana was born in Port Elizabeth, a town in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. She started singing at a very young age, by the age of 10 she was chosen to represent her province by singing in the Eastern Cape Children’s Choir and later also in the Eastern Cape Youth Choir where she was chosen to sing as a soloist in both these choirs, which travelled internationally annually. After matriculating she studied Drama and Musical Theatre at Stageworld Theatre College in Port Elizabeth where she obtained a Certifi cate from the London Trinity College. She is currently registered as a BTech (Degree) student at the Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, where she is studying Vocal Art (opera studies).

While at TUT she has done the following opera roles: Micaela in Carmen by Bizet, Mimi in Puccini's La Bohème, Gertrude in Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck. Professionally she has sung the roles of the Second Maiden in Mzilikazi Khumalo's Princess Magogo ka Dinuzulu and Winnie Madikizela Mandela (understudy) in Bongani Ndodana-Breen's new opera which was premiered in South Africa in 2011.

She participated in the 2011 ATKV Singing Competition, where she obtained the third overall prize. She also had the privilege of participating in her fi rst international singing competition, the China International Vocal Competition in Ningbo. She also has sung the soprano role in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. In 2012 she has premiered in Phelelani Mnomiya's opera Ziyankomo and the Forbidden Fruit, performing the role of The Second Gossiper.

Nombuso Ndlandla

Nombuso Ndlandla hails from a small town called Piet Retief, Mpumalanga. She holds a Diploma in Music from the North West University and is currently studying for a BMus Degree in Music.

Nombuso’s singing path started at the age of 13 at Amadlelo Aluhlaza Secondary school. In 2009, Nombuso joined the Chamber Choir of South Africa under the leadership of Michael Dingaan. Other conductors she has worked with include Richard Cock and Mokale Koapeng.

Nombuso has performed as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Britten’s Noye's Fludde, Purcell’s King Arthur and Dido and Aeneas.

She has participated in masterclasses with Barbara Hill Moore, Erica Eloff, Kobie van Rensburg, Jacques le Roux, Jacques Imbrailo and Prof. Josef Protschka. Her voice teachers and coaches include Pierre Du Toit, Mandie de Villiers Schutte and Dr. Conroy Cupido.

Nombuso Ndlandla currently obtained a one-year scholarship from the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival, which will enable her to study at the Musikhochschule in Cologne, Germany, beginning in autumn 2013.

My Body My Space

My Body My Space is a new festival of public arts happenings co-ordinated by The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative (FATC) in the City of Ekurhuleni, east of Johannesburg between February 2 and 7 2015. It will blend staged performance with ‘guerrilla’ style events designed to contribute to awareness of key issues such as social cohesion and nation building.

Featuring a range of works by Johannesburg’s top contemporary choreographers and dance companies, community based artists and craft, it celebrates 20 years of democracy as it explores issues relating to gender violence and the impact of HIV/Aids; and aims to re-stitch communities and spaces that have previously been separated, to shine a light on the role of women, children and other vulnerable members of society and find a shared voice and experience around critical, personal and social issues.

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