… and in Germany: Siyabonga Maqungo as Conte Almaviva in Leipzig – Oct. 7th

His season opener in Chemnitz was Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, representing nigh on two hundred years of revolutionary thought and hope for a better world, but South-African tenor Siyabonga Maqungo is equally at home with lighter material; following his recent Alfred in Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus”, Maqungo celebrates his debut by playing the part of Conte Almaviva in Rossini’s “Il barbiere di Siviglia” at the Oper Leipzig, on October 7th. Christoph Gedschold conducts this revival of Claus Guth’s classic production.

Under the slogan “Music Against War”, the Landesjugendorchester Sachsen (Saxony Youth Orchestra) is offering a series of concerts, with Siyabonga Maqungo performing the tenor part of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”; the South-African-German cooperation also includes the Singakademie Dresden, the Symphony Choir Johannesburg and the Sinfonietta Dresden under Ekkehard Klemm and Richard Cock. The concert dates are October 11th and 12th in Dresden and Leipzig and October 16th and 19th in Johannesburg and Capetown.

 

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