Faust’s story told through opera

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STATE THE­ATRE au­di­ences will have a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to in­dulge in the rich­ness, el­e­gance and re­fine­ment of French Grand Opera.

This spring, opera lovers can look for­ward to a 35-piece or­ches­tral ex­trav­a­ganza pre­sented by the Pre­to­ria Sym­phony Or­ches­tra and the South African Na­tional State The­atre.

The five-act opera, Faust, com­posed by Charles Gounod around 1856, tells the story of a clas­sic Ger­man le­gend based on the his­tor­i­cal Jo­hann Ge­org Faust, an ag­ing and dis­il­lu­sioned scholar. The char­ac­ter was orig­i­nally cre­ated by the fa­mous Ger­man play­wright, Jo­hann Wolf­gang von Goethe.

Mezzo-so­prano Abongile Ntulini (28) is one of the soloist who will show­case her ta­lent in Faust, in the role of Marthe.

Ntulini first sang with an or­ches­tra in 2010 when she was a mem­ber of a lo­cal choir, Voices of the Na­tion, at the Old Mu­tual Na­tional Choir Fes­ti­val.

“I loved ev­ery mo­ment. Opera means ev­ery­thing to me. It is my sanc­tu­ary. It means ful­fill­ing fan­tasies of beau­ti­ful cos­tumes and fas­ci­nat­ing stages and props. Opera is a beau­ti­ful art that is more than just the mu­sic,” she said.

Pre­to­ria Sym­phony Or­ches­tra man­ager Lizette Vosloo said the the au­di­ence can ex­pect anww au­dio-vis­ual spec­ta­cle which in­cludes a line-up of daz­zling op­er­atic soloists and rich sym­phonic or­ches­tral mu­sic back­ground.

“It gives the au­di­ences a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the op­u­lence, el­e­gance and re­fine­ment of French Grand Opera,” she added.

“Opera is a beau­ti­ful art that is more than just mu­sic.”

The au­di­ence will see Faust calling upon evil and dark forces to as­sist him in re­gain­ing his youth and find­ing love. The Pre­to­ria Sym­phony Or­ches­tra be­gan in 2002 and has 55 per­ma­nent mem­bers.

Faust is the or­ches­tra’s big­gest ven­ture to date and the pro­duc­tion will give bud­ding South African-born opera singers a chance to launch their ca­reers.

Faust will be per­formed at the State The­atre from 23 Septem­ber un­til 12 Oc­to­ber.

Abongile Ntulini is one of the soloist who will show­case her ta­lent in in the role of Marthe.

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