01. March 2008 · Comments Off on Opera In Botswana · Categories: Links

Or maybe it should be called Botswopera?

The signs for the No 1 Ladies Opera House have already been designed by Iain McIntosh, who illustrates McCall Smith’s 44 Scotland Street series in The Scotsman.

A new floor has been put in, the roof repaired, the walls plastered and painted, and five full-time staff recruited. Rehearsals for the grand opening on 21 June have already begun.

Compared to La Scala, it is on the small side. With a full stage and a dozen-strong orchestra, it will hold an audience of 60.

I read this here. I think it’s great … wonder if they’d fly in an oboist. Hmmm. Kinda doubtful.

I learned this, too:

The Teatro Amazonas, built by wealthy rubber planters in Manaus, Brazil, at the turn of the 19th century, is an ornate belle epoque opera house in the heart of the rainforest. Currently enjoying a renaissance since the election of an opera-loving governor, the building featured in Werner Herzog’s 1982 film Fitzcarraldo.

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