MANDELA TRILOGY

Cape Town Opera in association with Wales Millennium Centre, Naspers, the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport and Artscape celebrate the Mandela Centenary with two concert performances of the widely travelled Mandela Trilogy at the Artscape Opera House. In three acts highlighting Madiba’s youth in Qunu, early adulthood in Sophiatown and incarceration on Robben Island, the work fuses Xhosa traditional, jazz, and contemporary classical music to electrifying effect. Thato Machona, Musanete Sakupwanya and Aubrey Lodewyk star as Mandela, with Philisa Sibeko and Siphamandla Yakupa sharing the role of the late lamented Winnie Mandela. Cecilia Rangwanasha joins the cast as Mandela’s mother, with Fleur du Cap winner Edith Plaatjies making her CTO debut as Dolly.
CTO Associate Music Director Tim Murray returns to lead the CPO through van Dijk and Campbell’s rousing score, which he has conducted to great acclaim in cities including London, Dubai, Ravenna and Hong Kong. Mandela Trilogy is supported by the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport.