Singer of the Fortnight
The choice of the fortnight is Ane Pretorius .One of the leading young South African Mezzo's, Ane studied from 2012 until 2019 at the University of Cape Town, appeared since 2015 in many roles, f.e. Angelina in La Cenerentola, Sesto in La Clemenza di Tito , excelled as Romeo in Artscape Opera's production of I Capuleti e I Montechi , sung the Schubert Messe 2018 at a requiem and unfroze ice cold Helsinki around New Year 2020 in a Johann Strauss concert. In March 2020 just before the lockdown she appeared at the Rand Club and fascinated the audience with her vivid performance, singing pieces and arias from G. F Haendel to a true Viennese song and Edith Piaf. In April 2021 she will appear at the Cape Town Opera ( as Haensel) together with Brittany Smith - our next choice - (as Gretel) in Humperdinck's Opera "Haensel and Gretel". A must to book and listen; despite C-19 limitations we see an impressive career for her. Vivid and energetic we may with a :-) say:" Mezzos drive the sopranos into suicide, make the tenors mad, torture the baritones and talk down the director or MC" .In SITTOPERA's project of "Maria Stuarda" she is casted as Elisabetta.
Previous Singers of the Fortnight since October 2020: Monica Mhangwana, Mezzo-Soprano, Sipho Fubesi, Tenor, Otto Maidi, Bass-Baritone ,Zandile Mzazi, lyric Soprano, Amy Rose Mannheimer, Soubrette and soprano,