Preview: Cape Town Opera’s Songbook – Folk Songs from Britain and Irelandcelebrating humour, pathos and deep human feeling – three performances – April 21, 28 and May 12, 2022

What: Songbook- Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland– presented by Cape Town Opera

When and where: Three performances- book at Quicket for all – direct booking links follow:

~Thursday April 21, 2022: 7pm at Youngblood on Bree Street in Cape Town. Tickets R240: Bookings: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/172731-songbook-folk-songs-from-britain-and-ireland-youngbloodafrica-cape-town#/

~Thursday April 28, 2022: 7pm at Shakespeare’s Boutique Restaurant in Durbanville. Tickets R580 and include a three-course meal. Bookings: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/173408-songbook-folk-songs-from-britain-and-ireland-shakespeares-restaurant-durbanville/?ref=event-page#/  

~Thursday May 12, 2022: 7pm at Casa Labia in Muizenberg. Tickets cost R420 and include canapés and a welcome drink on arrival. Bookings: https://www.quicket.co.za/events/173401-songbook-folk-songs-from-britain-and-ireland-casa-labia-by-ideas-cartel-muizenb/?ref=event-page#/      

Cape Town Opera is presenting three performances of Songbook – Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland– celebrating humour, pathos and deep human feeling. There are three performances – at different venues. Bookings at Quicket – direct booking links – above – in box. The soloists in Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland are: William Berger (baritone) and Cape Town Opera soloists Brittany Smith (soprano) and Ané Pretorius (soprano). They will be accompanied on piano, by Alex Gabriel at who is the Managing Director of Cape Town Opera. Info as supplied:

Join CAPE TOWN OPERA for SONGBOOK: FOLK SONGS FROM BRITAIN AND IRELAND at Youngblood on Bree Street on April 21

Join Cape Town Opera as the company explores and celebrate the humour, pathos and deep human feeling embedded in the folk songs of Great Britain and Ireland. Belying their value as historical and cultural records passed from generation to generation, folk songs are often pressed into service as encores rather than taking centre stage; we hope to set that right with this concert! Experience the range of emotions that bubble under the surface of these seemingly simple yet often deeply complex songs.

Brought to extraordinary life and elevated into the realm of art song by composers such as Britten, Hughes, Gurney, Vaughan Williams and Quilter, and poets such as Yeats, Joyce, Moore, Burns, Shakespeare and Stevenson, the programme contains gems such as The Stuttering LoversI Will Walk With My LoveJohnny I Hardly Knew Ye!Down by the Salley GardensThe Last Rose of SummerThe Foggy, Foggy DewLittle Sir WilliamThe Ash GroveThe Miller of Dee, along with Ivor Novello favourites Waltz of My HeartI Can Give You the Starlight and Glamorous Night.

Featured artists

The concert features internationally acclaimed opera star William Berger (baritone) and Cape Town Opera soloists Brittany Smith (soprano) and Ané Pretorius (soprano), with Cape Town Opera Managing Director- Alex Gabriel at the piano.

Three performances

There will be three performances of Songbook: Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland at various venues: on Thursday April 21, 2022 at 7pm at Youngblood on Bree Street in Cape Town with tickets at R240pp; on Thursday April 28, at 7pm at Shakespeare’s Boutique Restaurant in Durbanville where tickets cost R580pp and include a three-course meal; and finally at Casa Labia in Muizenberg on Thursday May 12, at 7pm where tickets cost R420pp and include canapés and a welcome drink on arrival. All tickets are available through Quicket.

Internationally acclaimed. Opera star William Berger (baritone) is singing in Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland– presented by Cape Town Opera – April 21, 28 and May 12, 2022. Supplied.
Soprano: Ané Pretorius is singing in Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland– presented by Cape Town Opera – April 21, 28 and May 12, 2022. Supplied.
Soprano: Brittany Smith is singing in Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland– presented by Cape Town Opera – April 21, 28 and May 12, 2022. Supplied.

Piano man: Cape Town Opera’s Managing Director, Alex Gabriel, will be accompanying the soloists, Folk Songs from Britain and Ireland– presented by Cape Town Opera – April 21, 28 and May 12, 2022. Supplied.

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