Friday 8 December 19:00
Sunday 10 December 15:00

Viennese Operetta Gala

Salon Music prides itself on having been the only impresario company in SA to have staged operetta consistently, in some form or other, for the last 23 years. Complete operettas in our repertoire are, among others, Die Fledermaus, A night in Venice, Wiener Blut, Der Zigeunerbaron (Johann Strauss), Merry Widow (Léhar). In addition Salon Music has also staged annual Operetta Galas featuring programmes of popular bon-bons featuring arias, duets and Viennese instrumental music. For the 2017 Operetta Gala patrons can look forward to hearing two top class soloists namely Ilze Coetzee (soprano), the star of the recent Salon Music production of La Traviata as well as the young SA tenor, Albertus Engelbrecht, who has just returned from a 15 year operatic career in Germany, to take up a lectureship in the Music Department of the University of the Orange Free-State. A delighthful programme of Viennese opetta arias and duets will be interspersed with Viennese instrumental gems. The Artistic Director of Salon Music and Brooklyn Theatre, Willem Vogel has delighted patrons over the years, with his charming arrangements for Salon Ensemble, a selection of which will feature in this production. The Brooklyn Theatre Salon Ensemble will accompany the singers and perform the instrumental items in the programme. www.brooklyntheatre.co.za (012) 460 6033

Ilze Coetzee graduated Cum Laude from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2011 and continued her opera career as the In-House Soprano at the Brooklyn Theatre in Pretoria for two years. During this time she sang opera, sacred music and light concerts. The roles she sang included Adéle in Die Fledermaus (J. Strauss), Franzi in Wiener Blut (J. Strauss), Gilda in Rigoletto (Verdi) as well as the Queen of the night in The Magic Flute (Mozart). Upon completion of her contract at Brooklyn Theatre she taught Kindermusik at Pre-Schools around Gauteng for two years. In 2016 she opened her own Kindermusik School. During this time she continued her opera career, singing the Queen of the night in two more productions of The Magic Flute. Ilze then went on to sing the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti) for Brooklyn Theatre. She made various appearances as soloist with the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, including the complete Exultate Jubilate (Mozart). She also sang the Bachianas Brazilieras no 5 with an ensemble of 6 cellos (Villa-Lobos). Ilze’s most recent triumph was a hugely succesful portrayal of Violetta in La Traviata (Verdi) with 6 sold out performances in Brooklyn Theatre, July 2018. Ilze also joined the Bel Canto Ensemble lead by Mimi Coertze. Other roles she has sung include Adina in L’Elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Despina in Cosi fan tutte (Mozart) as well as Gretel in Hansel und Gretel (Humperdinck). Ilze works full-time in her Kindermusik Studio in Equestria.Albertus Engelbrecht was a finalist in the SAMRO Deon van der Walt master classes and also under Gerhard Korsten in Debuut met Mimi in Pretoria. He then established a career in concert singing and continued this in Germany and the rest of Europe (Berlin, Frankfurt, Nürnberg, Mainz, Vienna, Naples), singing the major tenor solos in oratorios from Bach, Handel, Haydn and also Liederabende and mixed recitals. A highlight of his concert career was performances of Medelssohn's Walpurgisnacht in Naples, Italy with the Teatro San Carlo.

Engelbrecht also sings opera and operetta and was appointed in opera houses of Passau and Nürnberg (Germany) for a total of seventeen years where he sang a diversity of leading roles such as Orfeo in Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola, The Duke in Verdi's Rigoletto, Belmonte in Mozart's Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Danilo in Lehar's The Merry Widow and Graf Zedlau in J. Strauss' Wiener Blut. Guest contracts have taken him to Luzern (Switzerland) and Los Angeles (USA), collaborating with conductors such as Wolfgang Katschner, Philipp Augin, and Howard Armin.

Since 2016 Mr Engelbrecht is appointed as lecturer in singing at the Odeion School of Music, UFS.


Die Fledermaus
IlzeSei nicht bösZelle
Der Obersteiger
AlbertusO Mädchen, mein MädchenLéhar
DuetNiemand liebt dich so wie ichLéhar
EnsembleFrühling in WienStolz
IlzeHöre ich ZigeunergeigenKálmán
Gräfin Mariza
EnsembleStephanie GavotteCzibulka
AlbertusKomm ZiganyKálmán
Gräfin Mariza
DuetWer hat die liebe uns ins Herz geschenkLéhar
Land des Lächeln
DuetNimm dich in deine ArmeStauch
Die Tatarin
AlbertusAls flotter geistStrau
Der Zigeunerbaron
IlzeSpeil ich die UnschuldKálmán
DuetSag ja, mein Lieb, sag jaKálmán
Gräfin Mariza
EnsembleTwo guitars (Gypsy Czardas)Trad
Der Zarewitsch
DuetWer uns getrautStrauss
Der Zigeunerbaron
FinaleKomm mit nach VarasdinKálmán
Gräfin Mariza

Ticket sales:

Friday 8 December 19:00, Sunday 10 December 15:00

Block A (Adult) - R250   Block B (Adult) - R200
Block A (Senior) - R200   Block B (Senior) - R150
Children - R100  


Brooklyn Theatre (012 460 6033)
Greenlyn Village Centre
C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets
Menlo Park


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