KZN Opera Gala Evening Programme


COMFESA KZN Opera Gala Evening

Saturday 9 March 2024 | 19:30
Empangeni Civic Centre


 Composer: Qinisela Sibisi.

A Zulu spiritual song celebrating God’s ascension and greatness.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini.

A beloved soprano aria from “Gianni Schicchi,” expressing a daughter’s heartfelt plea to her father for his blessing of her love.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

From “Don Giovanni,” this aria conveys Donna Anna’s resolve to avenge the wrongs done to her, intertwining themes of honor and vengeance.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In “The Magic Flute,” Tamino is spellbound by Pamina’s portrait and the allure of her beauty.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Another gem from “The Magic Flute,” capturing the moment Tamino falls hopelessly in love with Pamina’s image.

Composer: Qinisela Sibisi.

A reflective exploration of the choices that shape our legacy.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

From “La Clemenza di Tito,” this aria expresses the aspirations and inner conflict of a ruler navigating the complexities of power, mercy and royal duty.

Composer: Giovanni Battista Pergolesi.

This spirited and delightful aria from “La serva padrona” showcases the servant Serpina’s boldness as she cheekily scolds her master for his sour mood.

Composer: Gaetano Donizetti.

In this aria from “L’elisir d’amore,” Nemorino reflects on Adina’s single tear, which he believes to be a sign of her love for him, filling him with joy and hope.

Composer: K Jonah.

A heartfelt expression of praise to the Father.

Composer: Giacomo Puccini.

From “Tosca,” the aria captures Cavaradossi’s poignant reflections on his love for Tosca and his impending execution under the stars.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In “Don Giovanni,” Don Ottavio vows that his own peace depends entirely on the happiness and well-being of his beloved Donna Anna.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

In this aria from “La clemenza di Tito,” Annio implores Emperor Titus to show mercy towards Sesto, his friend and the emperor’s would-be assassin.

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Sarastro, leader of the temple in “The Magic Flute,” sings of forgiveness and enlightenment, declaring that within the temple’s walls, all men are equal and free from vengeance.

Composer: Qinisela Sibisi.

This piece ponders the consequences of different choices, exploring themes of fate, destiny, and the paths we choose in life.

Composer: Mbali Mbeki.

An emotive call for someone to return, “Buya” intertwines longing with the cultural and personal implications of separation and reunion.

Composer: George Frideric Handel.

From “Judas Maccabaeus,” this aria serves as a rallying cry to take up arms in defense against oppression.

Composer: Mnomiya.

The piece reflects on the philosophical and existential questions of life, urging listeners to contemplate their place and purpose in the world.

Composer: Gioachino Rossini.

A plea for the Lord’s mercy, “Kyrie eleison” from Rossini’s “Petite messe solennelle” combines solemnity with Rossini’s distinctively lyrical style.

Composer: Mohau Mohale.

This piece explores the enduring nature of love and the longing of the heart.

Composer: Mzilikazi Khumalo.

Celebrating Princess Magogo, this piece honors Zulu royal heritage and the vibrancy of its traditions.

Composer: Qinisela Sibisi.

This haunting question, “What have we done?” examines the collective conscience and the impacts of our actions on society.


Mezzo Soprano

Thandeka Mkhabela
Thandeka Mkhabela




Siphiwe Ngcobo
Siphiwe Ngcobo

We are delighted to present a program that spans the rich and diverse landscape of classical music. Each piece has been carefully selected to not only showcase our performers' incredible talent, but also to offer our audience a window into the stories and emotions that music can convey. Join us and prepare to enjoy some of the most celebrated works in opera and choral music!

Meet The Opera Gala Performers

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Lindani Buthelezi
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Mlungisi Zuma
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Nosipho Mngoma
Penelope Qwabe COMFESA KZN Choir Feature Image
Penelope Qwabe
Philani Magwaza COMFESA KZN Symposium Choir Feature Image
Philani Magwaza
Sandile Zitha COMFESA KZN Symposium Choir Feature Image
Sandile Zitha
Senzo Khumalo COMFESA KZN Symposium Choir Feature Image
Senzo Khumalo
Siphesihle Ntuli COMFESA KZN Choir Feature Image
Siphesihle Ntuli
Siphiwe Ngcobo COMFESA KZN Symposium Choir Feature Image
Siphiwe Ngcobo
Siyabonga Zitha COMFESA KZN Choir Feature Image
Siyabonga Zitha
Snethemba Ntuli COMFESA KZN Choir Feature Image
Snethemba Ntuli
Thandeka Mkhabela COMFESA KZN Symposium Choir Member Feature Image
Thandeka Mkhabela
Tholakele Mgenge COMFESA KZN Choir Feature Image
Tholakele Mgenge

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