Thanks to Africa Utopia, I got to attend my very first opera - the Mandela Trilogy with the Cape Town Opera & Chorus. The opera told the story of Mandela in three parts (hence trilogy) from his childhood to his release from prison.
To be perfectly honest, I went it there expecting it to be kind of dull but culturally enriching like watching a Jim Jarmusch film. I was surprised by how taken I was with the story and I learned so much about Mandela's early life. I couldn't follow the story through song alone so I was very grateful for the subtitles that were shown on a screen above the stage.
The talent onstage was undeniable and the music captured the emotional journey that was being played out. I particularly loved the second act where they introduced a bit of jazz and I was blown away by choreography for The Jig Club in Sophiatown.
I'm so glad I was able to experience it and if you are able to catch them on tour, I would highly recommend. They are still touring the UK and you can find their next dates here.
Africa Utopia was as always so much fun and left me feeling so proud of my beloved continent. Already looking forward to next year! You can catch my last two posts on fashion and food at the event by clicking the highlighted text.