An African La Bohème
Even people with very little knowledge of opera will have heard of Giacomo Puccini’s 1896 opus, La Bohème.
According to a recent study, it ranks with Carmen, La Traviata, Tosca and Madame Butterfly as one of the world’s most popular operas, and is the second most performed piece of all time.
This classic work is now being adapted into a South African film by director Mark Dornford-May. He heads the team that brought the acclaimed U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, an isiXhosa version of Carmen, to the screen. The film won a prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005.
More than any company, the team has succeeded in making opera accessible in South Africa.
The shooting for Breathe –
HIGH NOTES From left: Mhlekazi Mosiea will be playing Lungelo; lead actress Pauline Malefane with the Golden Bear award that U-Carmen eKhayelitsha
won at the Berlin Film Festival in 2005; and a poster of the movie U-Carmen eKhayelitsha