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The lyrical voices of Africa

Opera and traditional African songs for an evening in aid of young African opera artists.

Sir Willard White
Sir Willard White
Levy Sekgapane
Levy Sekgapane
Leïla Brédent
Leïla Brédent - DR
Elisabeth Moussous
Elisabeth Moussous - DR
Cyrielle Ndjiki
Cyrielle Ndjiki - DR
Kimmy Skota
Kimmy Skota - DR
Blaise Malaba
Blaise Malaba - DR

Cast

Leïla Brédent | soprano
Elisabeth Moussous | soprano
Cyrielle Ndjiki
 | soprano
Kimmy Skota | soprano
Blaise Malaba | bass
Levy Sekgapane | tenor
Sir Willard White | bass-baritone and patron of the evening

Orchestre de la Garde républicaine
Sébastien Billard | direction
Chœur de l’Armée française

and the winner of the International Singing Competition of African Lyric Voices 

Programme

Suppé  Cavalerie légère, Overture
Puccini  « O mio babbino caro », excerpt from Gianni Schicchi (Kimmy Skota)
Rossini  « La calunnia », excerpt from  Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Blaise Malaba)
Verdi  « Pace, pace, mio dio» excerpt from La forza del destino (Cyrielle Ndjiki)
Offenbach  « Barcarolle », excerpt from Les Contes d’Hoffmann (Leïla Brédent & Cyrielle Ndjiki)
Catalini  « Eben andro lontana », excerpt from La Wally (Elisabeth Moussous)
Rossini  Duetto Lindoro Mustafa, excerpt from L'italiana in Algeri (Levy Sekgapane & Blaise Malaba)
Delibes  Flowers duet (Leïla Brédent & Kimmy Skota)
Verdi  Banco's aria, excerpt from Macbeth, « Dieu nous sépare », excerpt from Jérusalem (Cyrielle Ndjiki, Levy Sekgapane & Blaise Malaba)
Winner aria of the International Singing Competition "Les Voix Lyriques d'Afrique
Auber Air de l’éclat de rire, excerpt from Manon Lescaut (Leïla Brédent)
Donizetti  « Ah mes amis quel jour de fête », excerpt from La Fille du régiment (Levy Sekgapane)
Verdi  « La Vergine degli angeli » excerpt from La forza del destino (Elisabeth Moussous & Choir)
Mascagni  Cavalleria rusticana, intermezzo
Gershwin « Bess, you my woman » (Elisabeth Moussous & Sir Willard White), « I got planty of nuttin’ » (Choir), « Oh, I can’t sit down »  (Choir), « Oh Lawd, I’m on my way » (soloists & Choir)
Christopher Tin  Baba Yetu (« God Father» in swahili, Choir)
Thula Baba, South African lullaby in Zulu language (Kimmy Skota)
Mohau Mogale  Thamalakwane  (Kimmy Skota)
Eding, Sacred song of Cameroon (Choir)
Verdi « Va pensiero », excerpt from Nabucco (soloists & Choir)

To read

Africa Lyric's Opera returns to the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées for an exceptional charity evening, given jointly for the benefit of young lyrical artists of diversity, the construction of a music conservatory in Cameroon and the training of women in Africa in the field of high-tech, one of the flagship programmes of Women Of Africa, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  The Great Black Opera Voices from Africa, the United States and France, meet tonight for an exciting and engaging programme mixing great opera classics (Gershwin, Verdi, Mozart, Bellini, Purcell, Puccini, Bizet, Massenet, Donizetti, Rossini, Wagner, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák and more), traditional and sacred works from the African repertoire and, as a preview, excerpts from the new historic opera by Africa Lyric's Opera.  An evening of solidarity that promises to be nothing short of 'breathtaking'.

COPRODUCTION Africa Lyric’s Opéra / Women of Africa / Opera for Peace Concert au profit de Women of Africa et en soutien aux jeunes artistes lyriques et aux projets pour les femmes

Backstage

Woman in Africa

Les voix lyriques d’Afrique

L’association Women of Africa(WOA), initiatrice de nombreuses démarches de solidarité et de visibilité des voix d’Afrique dans la musique classique est à l’origine de cette nouvelle soirée des Voix Lyriques d’Afrique...

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