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THE MET: LIVE IN HD PRESENTS ROSSINI’S OPERA, LA CENERENTOLA, EXCLUSIVE TO CINEMA NOUVEAU AND SELECT STER-KINEKOR THEATRES

“The Metropolitan Opera has a dazzling, plucky and endearingly poignant Cinderella in the superb American mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, who triumphed Monday night. She sang with impish glee, dispatching virtuosic runs and turns, leaping from her chesty low register to gleaming high notes. Fabio Luisi drew a crisp and stylish performance from the orchestra.” – The New York Times

The highly successful 2013-14 season Live in HD from The Metropolitan Opera in New York, launched in November last year, comes to a close this week with the final production, La Cenerentola. The season has featured ten magnificent productions, ‘live’ from the Met.

From Saturday, 07 June, for limited shows, the final production in the current Met: Live in HD season will be screened exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor cinemas.

Rossini’s La Cenerentola is a comic adaptation of the timeless Cinderella story. The ‘live in cinema’ performance features two of the opera world’s leading bel cantostars, with the peerless pairing of Rossini virtuosos. This is a vocal tour de force for mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, in the Cinderella title role, and the high-flying tenor Juan Diego Flórez, as her Prince Charming. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads the cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola’s stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro. This production, filmed on the Met stage as part of the Live in HD series, is now seen in more than 2 000 cinemas in 66 countries around the world.

“Joyce DiDonato exuded purity and sweetness in the title role. She sang with casual brilliance and bravado, especially as the ornate line ascended. Fabio Luisi, the Met’s principal conductor, managed to enforce verve and style, even elegance in the pit.” – Financial Times

During the intermission, soprano Deborah Voigt, who hosts this live transmission, will take opera lovers behind the scenes, conducting live backstage interviews with the artists and giving audiences an exclusive preview of the upcoming 2014-15 Live in HD season.

Intermission features will include:

  • A live interview with the stars of La Cenerentola, Joyce DiDonato and Juan Diego Flórez. The American mezzo-soprano, who has made a specialty of the opera’s good-hearted title role, will discuss what the character has meant to her over the course of her career; she has said she will retire the role, which she has sung on major stages all over the world, after Saturday’s performance. Flórez, the world’s leading Rossini tenor, will discuss his first Live in HD performance of the charming prince, Don Ramiro, a role he last sang at the Met more than a decade ago.
  • Live interviews with rising stars Rachelle Durkin and Patricia Risley, who play Cenerentola’s wicked stepsisters, Clorinda and Tisbe, and with the Italian trio of Alessandro Corbelli (Don Magnifico, Cenerentola’s stepfather), Luca Pisaroni (the mysterious, benevolent Alidoro), and Pietro Spagnoli (Dandini, the prince’s servant).
  • A live interview with Fabio Luisi, the Met’s Principal Conductor. La Cenerentola is his first bel canto opera with the company.
  • A preview of the 2014-15 season, which will offer Live in HD audiences 10 opera transmissions direct from the Met stage. The season begins with Verdi’s Macbeth, starring Anna Netrebko in her first North American performances in the searing dramatic role of Lady Macbeth, and includes transmissions of six new Met productions, including DiDonato and Flórez in the company premiere of Rossini’s rarely performed bel canto showpiece La Donna del Lago.

The other productions included in the 2014-15 season, all of which Cinema Nouveau will be screening from November this year, include: Le Nozze di Figaro (Mozart);Bizet’s Carmen; The Death of Klinghoffer by John Adams; Die Meistersinger van Nürnberg (Wagner); Lehár’s The Merry Widow; Les Contes d’Hoffmann from Carl Offenbach; a double bill of Tchaikovsky’s Iolanta and Bluebeard’s Castle by Bartók; and finally, another double feature of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacciby Leoncavallo.

As with La Cenerentola, these grand opera productions are filmed at the magnificent Metropolitan Opera House in New York, home to some of the most talented singers, conductors, composers, orchestra musicians, stage directors, designers, visual artists, choreographers and dancers from around the world.  Their past productions have received great acclaim and have gained recognition around the world.

Now, and as it has done since Live in HD began, Cinema Nouveau continues to provide audiences with the exclusive opportunity to witness these spectacular and award-winning near-live broadcasts in South Africa.

This glorious production of La Cenerentola will be screened exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide from Saturday, 07 June: Gateway Nouveau, Durban; V&A Nouveau in Cape Town; Somerset Mall, Cape Town; Blue Route Mall, Cape Town; Garden Route Mall, George; Rosebank Nouveau and Bedford Centre in Johannesburg and at Brooklyn Nouveau, Pretoria.  Their release onto the big digital cinema screen affords South African lovers of opera the unique opportunity to become an integral part of these ‘near-live’ and breathtaking performances.

The running time of La Cenerentola is 3hrs and 30mins, with one intermission.

To book tickets and for more information, please visit: www.cinemanouveau.co.za| mobi-site: www.sterkinekor.mobi |Ticketline: 082 16789 (VAS rates apply) | Facebook: CinemaNouveau| Follow us on Twitter: @nouveaubuzz. Download theSK App to your smart phone for updates and to make bookings via your mobile phone.  

Video clip:

http://metpics.metpics.org/Live-in-HD/1314/Cenerentola-May-10/29914340_KbZD9D#!i=3228880900&k=B2SRbK2

Images for all The Met: Live in HD productions are available on the following site:www.skpictures.co.za

Final production of the current Met: Live in HD season:

La Cenerentola – Rossini  (releases on 07 June 2014)

Conductor: Fabio Luisi

Production: Cesare Lievi

Designer: Maurizio Balò

Lighting Designer: Gigi Saccomandi

Choreographer: Daniela Schiavone

Cast: Joyce DiDonato (Angelina), Juan Diego Flórez (Don Ramiro), Pietro Spagnoli (Dandini), Alessandro Corbelli (Don Magnifico), Luca Pisaroni (Alidoro)

Joyce DiDonato sings her first Met performances of the title character in Rossini’s Cinderella story, La Cenerentola, with bel canto master Juan Diego Flórez as her dashing prince. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi leads a cast that also includes Pietro Spagnoli in his Met debut as the servant Dandini, Alessandro Corbelli as Cenerentola’s stepfather Don Magnifico, and Luca Pisaroni as Don Ramiro’s tutor, Alidoro.

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Drakensberg Hikes with PathFinders_SA

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Explore the Drakensberg mountains with PathFinders_SA!

The purpose of PathFinders_SA is to provide more people with the opportunity to experience the majesty of the mountains and all they have to teach us. They achieve this through offering guided adventures in the Drakensberg, South Africa: their guides are qualified and registered with CATHSETTA. PathFinders_SA offer both calendar hikes (pre-planned adventures that any individual or small group may join) as well as customised group trips. We are able to guide anywhere in the Drakensberg, and are not limited to a few commercial routes. However, here are some of their community favourites:

Mnweni Circuit
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 30km, 1500m elevation gain
Level: intermediate
Cost: R2000pp including permits, guide and tents


Mnweni Circuit

Mafadi
Duration: 3-4 days
Distance: 52km, 1800m elevation gain
Level: intermediate to advanced
Highlights: Highest peak in South Africa
Cost: R2500pp including permits, guide and tents

Pillar Cave
Duration: 2 days
Distance: 5km
Level: beginner. Suitable for children
Cost: R1200pp including permits, guide and dinner and breakfast on the mountain


Pillar Cave

Rhino Peak
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 21km
Level: intermediate (2days), advanced (1day)
Cost: R1000pp including permits and guide


Rhino Peak

Didima Circuit
Duration: 3 days
Distance: 35km
Level: intermediate to advanced
Highlights: Tseketseke Hut and Roland’s Cave
Cost: R2200pp including permits, guide and tents


Roland’s Cave

Amphitheatre Adventure
Duration: 1 or 2 days
Distance: 12km
Level: beginner to intermediate
Cost: R2500pp including permits, shuttle to the start and guide


Amphitheatre

For more information or to book your next adventure, connect with us:

Website: www.pathfinderssa.com
Instagram: @pathfinders_sa
Call: 071 411 0768
Email: pathfinderssa@gmail.com

 

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Win Tickets to Milky Chance in Durban!

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Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

How to Enter:

Instagram
1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Instagram pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

OR

Facebook
1. Follow Durbanite, Milky Chance & Breakout Events’ Facebook pages.
2. Tell us who Milky Chance’s supporting act is in Durban & tag who you’d take with if you win.

Closing Date:
Monday, 12 February 2024

Winner Announced:
Tuesday, 13 February 2024

Entries limited to 5 per day.
Winners will be selected at random from valid entries.
Durbanite Competition T&Cs apply.

Tickets are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za/ and are selling fast, so get yours now!


Neon Dreams

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:

DURBAN

Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181914891636282/

#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

For more info, go to:
Ticketing link: https://breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:
Official Website: https://www.milkychance.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkychance

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)

 

 

 

 

 

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Milky Chance Announce Support Acts for Their “Living in a Haze” South African Tour This February

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Milky Chance recently announced their long-awaited return to South Africa with their “Living In A Haze” tour in February 2024 which will see them perform in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The German Duo are excited to confirm that both Neon Dreams and Sean Koch will join them as support acts on the line-up for their shows in Cape Town (15 February) and Johannesburg (17 February), and Neon Dreams will also join Milky Chance in Durban (18 February) as support act.

Canadian duo Neon Dreams are no strangers to the South African music scene. Their 2019 single “Life Without Fantasies” reached the top of the South African viral charts amassing millions of streams in 2021 during the lockdown. The band connected with tens of thousands of fans online which led to their first sold out headline tour. They have continued to cement themselves in the industry here, having toured the country a number of times over the past few years and return in February 2024 to share the stage with Milky Chance in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban.

Sean Koch is one of SA’s most-loved indie-folk artists who brings a mixed bag of African and western, influence alongside messages of home, a connection to nature, the ocean and the people around him; to his storytelling, feel-good music. While rooted in his flowing-folk style, his music is diverse. From dance infused songs like ‘Lift You Up’ the standout single from his collection (including the Double MZK & G DOM remix) to the dreamier songs like ‘Feel the Energy’ that carry deeper messages of connection to the natural world and the people that surround us. There is something for everyone in Sean’s catalogue.

Tickets are on sale from https://breakoutevents.co.za/ and are selling fast, so get yours now!

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour Dates:

15 February 2024 – Green Point A-Track, Cape Town
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch)

17 February 2024 – Marks Park in Emmarentia, Johannesburg
(supported by Neon Dreams and Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced)

18 February 2024 – Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field, Durban
(supported by Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced)

Philipp from Milky Chance is extremely excited for their return to South Africa and the tour has a special reveal as well. “It’s been way too long since we were over in SA. Back then it was so special for so many reasons and we really felt welcomed by the people. We have plenty of new music since our last visit that we want to share and we grew into the live band we always wanted to be. We can’t wait to play for the people in SA.’’

Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “Stolen Dance” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.


Milky Chance

Milky Chance “Living In A Haze” South African Tour 2024 details:

CAPE TOWN

Date: Thursday 15 February 2024
Time: 16:00 – 22:00
Venue: Green Point A-Track
Address: 11 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town 8051
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + Sean Koch
Tickets:
Golden Circle Phase One: R995 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase One: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/v2/event.aspx?itemid=1536722398
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/894719432015836/

JOHANNESBURG

Date: Saturday 17 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 19:00
Venue: Marks Park
Address: Orange Road, Emmarentia, Randburg 2195
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + Sean Koch + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
Golden Circle Phase One: R995 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase One: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-johannesburg-faf9
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1517727672321227/

DURBAN

Date: Sunday 18 February 2024
Time: 11:00 – 18:30
Venue: Durban Botanic Gardens uMphafa Field
Address: 9A John Zikhali Road, Berea, Durban 4001
Line up: Milky Chance + Neon Dreams + final opening act to be announced
Tickets:
General Admission Phase One: R495 ex R35 Fee
General Admission Phase Two: R595 ex R35 Fee
Ticket Link: https://breakout.howler.co.za/events/milky-chance-live-in-durban-5c47
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/181914891636282/

#MilkyChanceSouthAfrica

For more info, go to:
Ticketing link: https://breakoutevents.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/abreakoutevent
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/abreakoutevent
Twitter: https://twitter.com/abreakoutevent

Follow Milky Chance online:
Official Website: https://www.milkychance.net/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/milkychance_official/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/milkychancemusic
Twitter: https://twitter.com/milkychance

About Milky Chance
Milky Chance originated in Kassel, Germany, where childhood friends Clemens Rehbein and Philipp Dausch formed the indie-pop band and rose to fame with their breakout folk/electronic hit “”Stolen Dance”” which reached #1 on the charts, was certified platinum in multiple countries and became one of the most Shazamed songs of all time.

Over four album releases, they’ve reached a massive global audience (7 Billion career streams, 13 million Spotify monthly listeners) and by going fully independent in 2021 have evolved to thrive in an increasingly precarious music industry, building an enviable touring resume (including festivals like Coachella, Reading & Leeds, and Lollapalooza) and an audience stretching from the US, Canada and Mexico to the EU, Australia, and beyond.

Their latest album, released in June 2023 on their own Muggelig Records, has already delivered over 500 million streams from 3 global hits – “Colorado,” “Synchronize” + “Living In A Haze” – and allowed the band to embark on their biggest-ever North American tour weaving their way across 65 cities including iconic venues like Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.

 

 

 

 

 

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