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Thursday, October 16th, 2014

How do we talk about the memory of Apartheid

In 1966 the South African government declared District Six—a high-density, mostly coloured residential area intrinsic to the fabric of downtown Cape Town for at least a century and situated on prime land beneath Table Mountain —to be a white “Group Area.” The state promptly set about forcefully removing District Six’s “non-white” residents (eventually about 60,000

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

The Tenor from Abidjan

The Tenor from Abidjan follows Landry Assokoly, a young man from Côte d’Ivoire, as he follows his dream to become a famous opera singer. Landry’s hope is to study at a top-tier music academy, and ultimately, to be...

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

An opera village in Burkina Faso

Christoph Schlingensief’s utopian vision for an opera village in Burkina Faso, where a stage, rehearsal space, school, hospital, hotel, church, and large communal kitchen, would be constructed for the community to produce work and live within was...

Friday, May 13th, 2011

Winnie Mandela Sings Opera

Any word on the artistic value of this production now playing in the South African capital, Pretoria, and which Winnie Mandela, now also an arts critic, declares takes “… us ten steps further … we are part...

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

William Kentridge talks Opera

The New York Times has a preview of William Kentridge‘s adaptation of a Shostakovich opera (based on a short story by Gogol), “The Nose,” which opens on Friday at The Metropolitan Opera in New York City.  (My...

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