Bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore (The elixir of love) is presented by Cape Town Opera, a touring production made possible by the unfailing generosity of the Judith Neilson Head Trust.
After a successful tour to Ermelo and Sasolburg last month, Cape Town Opera will present the delightful production in the Mother City at Theatre on the Bay in Camps Bay from 13-16 October 2022.

Conroy Scott as Doctor Dulcamara

True to the tradition of romantic comedy, L’elisir d’amore ticks all the requisite boxes of popular entertainment; perhaps as a corrective antidote to the two serious operas composed by Donizetti immediately before its première in May 1832, it lives and breathes tongue-in-cheek joie de vivre.
The production will be directed by the company’s imaginative Artistic Director, Magdalene Minnaar, with a piano reduction of the orchestral score entrusted to pianist José Dias. Costume design is by Rabia Davids and Maritha Visagie, who also designs the set,while Fiona du Plooy is responsible for movement direction.
The cast features Puerto Rican tenor Juan Hernández as Nemorino, Brittany Smith as Adina, Conroy Scott as Doctor Dulcamara, Van Wyk Venter as Belcore and Linda Nteleza as Giannetta.
Magdalene Minnaar explains that, after Cape Town Opera’s joyful production of Le nozze di Figaro, the team decided to forge on with another comic opera as an antidote to the misery of Covid-19: “We want to offer our audiences colour, jokes and glorious melodies.” She adds that among these melodies are arias so popular that they will be familiar even to those who do not regularly follow opera. As for context, Minnaar states, “In our version of ‘Elisir’, we have created an Escher-esque dream world in which Adina is tested by the mad scientist and ‘encyclopedic doctor’ Dulcamara. He is an alchemist with a Frankensteinian flair for ingenious chemistry, which he uses to bend the rules of chance, thereby sculpting an alternate reality as a human experiment. Like Spalanzani in Les contes d’Hoffmann with his mechanical doll or a more modern-day Circe, he sends Adina into this alternate realm where two contrasting love prospects test her: the sweet and slightly average Nemorino and pompous, presumptuous Belcore.”

Juan Hernández as Nemorino & Brittany Smith as Adina

There is never much room for doubt that a happy ending is inevitable in this plot which is as flimsy as tissue paper but utterly charming. Add Donizetti’s beguiling score and lyricism to the high-spirited comedy, and you have all the pleasure that an evening of opera at its sunniest can produce.
Like vintage wine, Elisir has aged beautifully over nearly two centuries: join us in taking a sip and letting the magic do its work.
Conroy Scott as Doctor Dulcamara & Brittany Smith as Adina

Conroy Scott as Doctor Dulcamara & Brittany Smith as Adina

With thanks to Ian Burgess-Simpson Pianos, who are providing a wonderful Kawai GL-20 piano for the performances at Theatre on the Bay.
Thursday 13 October at 7:30pm
Friday 14 October at 7:30pm
Saturday 15 October at 6pm
Sunday 16 October at 3pm
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From 19 November to 4 December, 2021 at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On the Bay.

SANDT presents It’s Beautiful At The Ballet at Theatre On The Bay, November 2021.

SANDT is grateful and excited to announce that “It’s Beautiful at the Ballet” will be staged at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre On The Bay from 19 November until 4 December, 2021. An  inspiring, uplifting and joyful program of short pieces by some of South Africa’s best known choreographers, Veronica Paeper, Sean Bovim and Adele Blank promises sheer entertainment.

During 2020 at the height of the Covid-19 lockdown, the SANDT trustees believed that audiences would want to see beautiful and encouraging productions when theatres re-open. They decided to create a collaborative opportunity for dance.  With the support of the National Arts Council, SANDT has been able to offer independent, professional dancers the opportunity to perform on stage, get back into daily training and – most importantly – to earn an income.A special feature of this production is former Royal Ballet dancer, Camille Bracher, who will be performing with the cast of 11 professional dancers and 8 apprentice dancers from the JPSB (Cape Town) and the Jozi Youth Dance (Johannesburg).

This exhilarating  program will include pieces from Veronica Paeper’s much loved, “Orpheus in the Underworld”, Sean Bovim’s “SwingTime at the Ballet” and Adele Blanks “Mad Dogs”. There will also be new works to delight and entertain.

Performance dates:  19, 20, 24, 26, 27 November & 1, 3, 4 December, 2021.Evening performances at 7.30pm and Saturday matinees at 2.00pm
Ticket prices:  R250 each*
Pensioner’s and students: R180 each*
*In order to comply with COVID-19 regulations and ensuring effective social distancing tickets are being sold in pairs.
The South African National Dance Trust (SANDT) was formed in 2009 to promote, preserve, support and inspire the art forms of classical ballet and contemporary dance throughout South Africa.  The trust aims to increase awareness and widely inform the South African public about dance and provide the opportunity for national collaborative dance productions.  SANDT focuses strongly on education.  The founding trustees are Veronica Paeper, Mike Bosazza and Robyn Taylor.

Box tickets: All 4 tickets for either the Bill Flynn or the Moira Lister boxes need to be purchased at the same time.Tickets available from and the Theatre on the Bay box-office (021) 438-3300

Bookings can also be made through the Computicket call-centre (0861) 915 8000 / (011) 340 8000.