Happy Birthday from Cape Town

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There was some truly fantastic singing from a cast who seemed to really understand and relate to the tale of two doomed lovers. Hearing the classics like Summertime and It Ain't Necessarily So in the context of Gershwin's entire score was a real treat too and all this comes from an opera company that's only 10 years old.

I'd forgotten that I'd heard some of the Cape Town Opera singers before. They'd performed at the grand opening concert of WMC and perhaps the most moving moment this week was when Xolela Sixaba who sang Porgy came forward at the curtain call to mark the centre's birthday and then led the entire cast in singing Happy Birthday. It brought a tear to my eye - but then I'm the one who cries in just about every Disney cartoon!

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