Aardklop Aubade to Present ‘Delicious Diva’s, a Concert of Operatic Gems’

By David Salazar

Aardklop Aubade, in collaboration with Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool and North West University School of Music, is set to present “Delicious Diva’s, a Concert of Operatic Gems” on Nov. 7, 2021.

The concert, which will take place at the “Affies” school hall in South Africa, will feature sopranos Khayakazi Madlala and Yolisa Ngwexana, accompanied by pianist Jana Mathee.

The showcase will feature major arias from such operas as “La Bohème,” “Rusalka,” “La Rondine,” “Il Barbiere di Siviglia,” “Don Pasquale,” “Carmen,” “Faust,” and “Gianni Schicchi” as well as selections from such operettas as “Die Fledermaus,” “Giuditta,” and Die lustige Witwe,” The final portion of the concert will be dedicated African melodies by such composers as S.B.P Mnomiya, S. Le Roux Marais, D.J. Roode, and P.J. Lemmer.

Ngwexana is currently studying at North-West University under Professor Conroy Cupido. She recently performed with Johannesburg Opera and also debuted in 2020 with SA Opera Company. She is set to appear with Opera North in a production of “Rigoletto.”

Meanwhile, Madlala has performed with Mälmo Opera  House and has placed high at such competitions as the South Africa Opera Singing Competition.