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Luisa Fernanda (Spanish operetta) Zarzuela

Luisa Fernanda
Zarzuela (Spanish operetta).

Available from Thurs. 24 Sep until 4 October
Tickets available at R100

Composer: Federico Moreno Torroba.

Texts: Federico Moreno Torroba and Guillermo Fernández Shaw.

Production: Spanish Royal Theatre, Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera.

Direction : Emilio Sagi.

Musical Direction : Jesús López Cobos.

Casting :

- Luisa Fernanda: Nancy Herrera ;
- Vidal Hernando: Plácido Domingo;
- Duquesa Carolina : Mariola Cantarero ;
- Javier Moreno: José Bros;
- Mariana: Raquel Pierotti ;
- Don Luis Nogales : Federico Gallar ;
- Aníbal : Javier Ferre;
- Rosita : Sabina Puértolas;
- Bizco Porras : David Rubiera;
- Una vendedora de cocos: Montserrat Muñumel;
- El Saboyano: Ángel Rodríguez.
Costume design: Pepa Ojanguren.

Luisa Fernanda is a romantic zarzuela (a Spanish lyric-dramatic genre that alternates between spoken and sung scenes, the latter incorporating operatic and popular songs, as well as dance) in three acts by Federico Moreno Torroba. The libretto, in Spanish, is by Federico Romero and Guillermo Fernández Shaw.

Luisa Fernanda is in many ways the last great romantic zarzuela. First seen at Madrid's Teatro Calderón on 26th March 1932, it owes something to the earlier masters of zarzuela grande (opera) and género chico (operetta), but its range and scale of emotion surpasses any of Torroba's models. Musically Luisa Fernanda embodies its composer's ideals of “El casticismo” - an attempt to foster the tradition of pure, popular nationalism. Torroba's music certainly offers colourful Spanish charm, as well as fair helpings of graceful Viennese musical comedy and Italian operatic verismo. His musical personality may be elusive, but Torroba's melodies are consistently memorable and his theatrical instinct never falters.

Monumental Charl Du Plessis on Heritage Day

Charl du Plessis Piano Recital at the Voortrekker Monument. The programme comprises solo piano works by Brahms, Piazzolla, Rachmaninoff and the monumental Chaconne by Bach/Busoni.

Monumental will be streamed online via
R100 per ticket (3 Days access - Pay as you watch)

Pieter en die Wolf aangebied in Afrikaans. Prokofiev

Sat. 26 Sep 11:00

Die Gauteng Filharmoniese Orkes speel Pieter en die Wolf met vertelling deur Philip de Vos in Afrikaans.

Wie is dan nou ook meer geskik om die orkes op pittige wyse aan die kleinspan (en sommer ook musiekliefhebbers van enige ouderdom) bekend te stel, as Philip de Vos. Met hierdie program fokus die Gauteng Filharmoniese Orkes op klassieke vermaak vir die hele gesin. Philip de Vos se pittige versies vir Pieter en die Wolf word deur homself voorgedra.

Die verhaaltjie van Pieter en die Wolf, toegelig deur Prokofiev se uitnemende musiek, funksioneer op grondvlak vir die jongspan terwyl dit ook eintlik ’n allegorie is rondom die politiek in Rusland in die 1930’s. Hierdie opname is perfekte leermateriaal vir enige musiekdepartement, tuisleerders en volwasse musiekliefhebbers wat op prettige wyse nader wil kennis maak met die instrumente in ’n simfonie orkes!
Willem se Keuse / Willem's Choice.
Every Saturday at 17:00 via

WILLEM’S CHOICE is my weekly musical engagement with you!
I have many stories to tell and some hugely enjoyable music to share with you.

The programme is a fun trip down memory lane with pit stops
featuring Salon Music productions at Brooklyn Theatre
as well as new musical snacks from quite auspicious
concert halls all over the globe!

Tickets available at R100 (3 days access) or R400 (Monthly subscription) 

Alternating presentations weekly in Afrikaans / English
available on the online theatre website

Ariel & Juana from Argentina

Sat. 26 Sep 19:30

Ariel & Juana is an acoustic collaborative project between double bass player Ariel Zamonsky and vocalist Juana Pires Rafael. As a starting point for this project, the aim was to explore the musical connection between Africa and South America.

Being two Argentinians living abroad, they both felt the necessity to acknowledge their musical heritage and fusion it with the musical influences they've been exposed to throughout their careers, building a personal and relevant sound.

Available from Saturday 26 September 19:30
Tickets available at R50 (3 days access) or R400 (Monthly subscription)

Beethoven and Bach Violin Sonatas Nathan Meltzer

Sun. 27 Sept. 11:00

American violinist Nathan Meltzer and pianist Jessica Osborne

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750),
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Piano in E major, BWV 1016 (1720) Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1817),
Violin Sonata No. 3 in E flat major, Op. 12, No. 3

WGBH Classical Radio Boston made this recording at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in a 2019 “Homecoming” recital celebrating the first performance of the Ames-Totenberg Stradivarius at the school since it was stolen there from Professor Totenberg in 1980. The video is being shown here for the first time anywhere on the internet. Nathan studies at the Juilliard School with Itzhak Perlman and Li Lin.

Access available via
R100 per ticket (3 Days access)

Beethoven in the Drawing Room

Megan-Geoffrey Prins (piano)
Susan Mouton (cello)
Miro Chakaryan (violin)
Pierre Malherbe (baritone)

The 250th Beethoven Anniversary at Brooklyn Theatre got off to a kickstart in February with the brilliant performances of the complete Cello Sonatas. We are proud to bring you more beloved music by this legendary composer with a typical 18th century drawing room concert, featuring Violin, cello, piano and a baritone. The cream of SA musicians form the line-up for this stylish concert.


Megan-Geoffrey Prins is no newcomer to the Brooklyn Theatre stage, a great highlight was his brilliant performance of the Rachmaninov 2nd Piano concerto with the Rheinland Pfalz Youth Orchestra from Germany under the baton of Albert Horne.
Husband and wife team, 

Miro Chakaryan (violin) and Susan Mouton (cello) have both carved out formidable classical careers in this country, not only as section leaders for the JPO, but also as soloists and chamber musicians.

Pierre Malherbe, a young practising psychiatrist, is also a baritone with a velvet voice, who specialises in singing in Lieder.

Willem Vogel has selected a programme of Beethoven “Drawing Room Hits “ to tantalise the tastebuds of Beethoven Enthusiasts of all ages. If you know these works, you will love these renditions, if you are not familiar with them, you are in for a treat.


Sonata no. 23 in F minor opus 57
“Appassionata” - Allegro

An die ferne Geliebte opus 98
Song Cycle

Violin Romance in F opus 50

Trio for Violin, Cello & Piano
“ The Archduke” Opus 97 in B flat major

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The producers of the very successful SOLD OUT “My Fair Lady 2019”, FULL HOUSE COMMUNITY THEATRE by arrangement with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. & Brooklyn Theatre presents Fiddler on the Roof - The Musical

Launching 17 October 

The Musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in or around 1905. The story centres on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of their Jewish faith and heritage – and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years. It won nine Tony Awards, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation and has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

The musical includes very well-known musical numbers like “Tradition”, “Matchmaker”, If I were a rich man”, “To life”, Sunrise Sunset” and “Do you love me?”

Fiddler on the Roof presented by arrangement with DALRO (Pty) Ltd.

Tevye - A Milkman form Anatevka - Douwe Bijkersma
Golde - Tevye the Milkman's wife -
Riana van Vollenhoven
Tzeitel - Tevye's eldest daughter - Kay Dewes
Hodel - Tevye's 2nd daughter -
Marina Botha-Spies
Chava - Tevye's 3rd daughter - Noelien Wilsnach

Motel - The Tailor of Anatevka -
Stephan Gericke
Perchik - A Student from the City - Peter Thornhill
Fyedka - A Russian Soldier - Manie Köhn
Constable - Head of the Russian Troops -
Bevan Timm
Lazar Wolf - The Butcher of Anatevka - Tinus Spies
Yente - The Matchmaker of Anatevka -
Marie McCrea

Tickets available at R150 (3 days access from the launchdate)
or R400 (monthly subscription)
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