South Africa’s wonderful piece of art, the African Passion, opens at the Soweto Theatre in Johannesburg on Friday 5 April 2013, before settling at the Joburg Theatre from 11 to 14 April, the organisers said yesterday.
Johannesburg is a culmination of the gospel opera’s successful nationwide tour that included Durban, Port-Elizabeth and Cape Town.
The show was greeted by standing ovations in all the venues it performed, and the director is said to be over the moon by this unexpected turn of events.
“The music is a fair reflection of the vast variety of gospel styles that make up the South African genre,” show director Themi Venturas said.
“There are great choral numbers in an almost classical style, some in a mbaqanga style. There are duets, solos and a group of isicathamiya disciples. This is a true African Passion,” an overjoyed Venturas added.
Venturas, who assembled a stellar cast to bring the music and drama of the African Passion to life, hand-picked an impressive cast who effortlessly traverse the full spectrum of styles demanded by the show.
The cast includes celebrated gospel singers, internationally acclaimed opera singers, and doyennes of musical theatre to authentic exponents of ethnic music, among others.
For the Johannesburg and Soweto seasons, Venturas has secured the acclaimed University of Johannesburg Choir to do the choral work.
The African Passion is a visual treat with spectacular audio-visual backgrounds and stunning costumes designed by debutante designer Nompumelelo Mkhize.
It is a gospel transformed on the stage into a yummy piece of art by angelic voices who perform angelic acts!
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*Photo by Val Adamson. A scene from the African Passion: Aubrey Lodewyk as Ananias the Pharisee