Africa Arts NPC is a registered non-profit organisation that produces innovative opera and classical music projects that celebrate the rich and diverse creative talent of South African artists. Founded in September 2014, the company presented its first staged opera production, Giancarlo Menotti’s The Medium, at Artscape during the 2015 Suidoosterfees Festival. This production of The Medium was acclaimed by local and international media with London’s Opera Magazine commenting: “It certainly got things off to a good start with the highly talented Matthew Wild as director and Alex Fokkens ably conducting a chamber orchestra of fine local players.”
From the success of The Medium, Africa Arts Group was again collaborated with the 2016 Suidoosterfees Festival and staged an adaptation of Puccini’s famous La Bohème in a local historic setting as La Bohème in District Six commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the District Six forced removals by the apartheid regime. This critically acclaimed production attracted an appreciative and diverse audience for opera. Africa Arts was awarded the prestigious Rapport-Skouerklop Prize by the Suidoosterfees Festival. According to African News Agency/eNewsChannelAfrica: “The show also confirmed the abundance of talent on these shores – there are at least six sensational opera singers… Ululating in unison seemed a perfect response to this glorious storytelling”
Africa Arts NPC continues to create professional opportunities for talented South African artists and musicians, especially emerging opera singers. Opera has been a growing force in the local arts scene largely due to the high quality and quantity of talented singers emerging from local training institutions. Africa Arts NPC provides professional opportunities and much needed career development to young artists and musicians graduating from these training programmes.
Over the next three years (2016-2018), Africa Arts NPC will bring innovative new productions to local stages including new operas and original classical music events centered on South African and African themes. In addition to presenting these operas and co-productions, the company plans to tour some of these productions in partnership with local and international partners.
Board of Directors Africa Arts NPC:
Aubrey Ngcungama (Chairperson), Lindo Mandela, Alexander Fokkens, Amanda Osorio (Co-Executive Director), Bongani Ndodana-Breen (Co-Executive Director)
The management team of Africa Arts NPC reports to the board of directors of Africa Arts NPC and is comprised of professional musicians with diverse international experience in classical music performance, opera production, arts management and education. The management team comprises Founder and Co-Executive Director, Amanda Osorio (opera singer, opera producer), Co-Executive Director Bongani Ndodana-Breen (composer, arts administrator, opera producer) and Music Director Alexander Fokkens (professional conductor, educator).
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Africa Arts NPC was created as a platform for young professional musicians to grow their skills while gaining critical exposure. Our vision is to support the future of classical music by discovering and developing the talents of exceptionally gifted young artists to assist them become performers of potentially international stature.
We are focused on making classical music accessible to a larger demographic in South Africa through content that speaks to the audience, innovative venues, and approachable performances.
Africa Arts NPC aims to nourish talent, inspire new art, and create a community where new art can be fostered. We are dedicated to delivering musical productions that have international appeal and are relevant to South African audiences.