Levy Sekgapane Headlines Cape Town Opera’s ‘The Pearl Fishers’

By Nicolas Quiroga

Famed tenor Levy Sekgapane is set to return home to South Africa to headline Cape Town Opera House’s production of Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers” starting on May 10-14 2023 at the Artscape Theatre.

Sekgapane is the only South African opera singer to have won the prestigious Operalia Competition in 2017 and since then, he has performed on several of the best stages throughout Europe and is highly recognized on the international operatic circuit.

He will be joined by Conroy Scott and Brittany Smith, recent winners of the Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for “Best Male and Best Female Performance in an Opera,”  as Zurga and Leïla. Meanwhile Cape Town Opera’s Judith Neilson Young Artist, Reuben Mbonambi, who  will interpret the role of Nourabad.

“The Pearl Fishers” will be presented in a semi-staged production that will be directed by Elisabeth Manduell. Set and costume design is by Michael Mitchell and lighting design is by Faheem Bardien. The opera will be sung in French with English subtitles.