Category: Opera

Tenor who deemed Mozart medicine, but Bellini, a prize: RIP Sidwill Hartman

PROACTIVE IN THE complex task of making the field of opera possible and attractive as a profession for coloured South Africans, tenor and professor of singing Sidwill Hartman once told the media that his most coveted role was that of the gutsy Pollione in Bellini’s Norma. The tradition-contravening […]


On Aïda and losing the plot

  A TALE OF politics and love, betrayal and death, Verdi’s opera Aïda, composed in 1870, is arguably one of the opera genre’s most known works. Indeed, it’s probably the repository for the most famous ensembles, tunes that you can whistle on your way to the theatre in […]

Fly high, Glenn Lewington

RADIO IS A strange medium. Without all the bells and whistles of television, it has the power and the capacity to reach much deeper and more intimately into our lives. While the radio’s on, we can be spared from our loneliness, soothed to sleep, stimulated to respond to […]