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The Merry Widow of Malagawi: Cape Town Opera

About the Event

The Merry Widow of Malagawi is a light‐hearted theatrical and musical exploration of diplomatic intrigue, capitalism and how people protect their wealth and self‐interests.

The themes prevalent in Lehar’s early 20th century Vienna – womens’ suffrage, the growth of industrialism and the movement from rural to urban economies – mirror many contemporary situations on the African continent.

Acclaimed director, Janice Honeyman will give this new production an upbeat and contemporary feel, contextualizing what has become the new vibrant, wealthy and internationally connected middle/upper class in Malagawi.

Cast / Production

Conductor: Tim Murray
Director: Janice Honeyman
Design: Michael Mitchell
Costumes: Birrie Le Roux
Lighting: Mannie Manim
Choreographer: Sean Bovim

Anna: Elizabeth Llewellyn (u/s Arline Jaftha)
Daniloh: Aubrey Lodewyk (u/s Mandisinde Mbuyazwe)
Chief l’Zitho: Mandla Mndebele
Valencienne: Filipa van Eck (u/s Siphamandla Yakupa)
Khumal Doh‐Rassa‐Yon: Lukhanyo Moyake
Njegus: Alan Committie
l’Komo: Monwabisi Lindi
S’lvumo: Thato Machona
Mrs S’lvumo: Linda Nteleza
Sanbuyoh: Andile Tshoni
Kaskadi: Mandisinde Mbuyazwe (u/s Lindile Kula Sr)
Mrs l’Komo: Siphamandla Yakupa
Pritschitsch: Xolela Sixaba
Praskowia: Fikile Mthetwa
The Dorettes: TBC
Chorus: Cape Town Opera Chorus

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