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Opera in the winelands

Nov 11th 2016 @ 8:00 pm - Nov 13th 2016 @ 12:00 pm

winelands 2016

In Partnership with Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate.


Venue: Diemersfontein Wine and Country Estate Wellington, Western Cape

The weekend include accommodation and three different concerts including a wine tasting and meal with a celebrity chef.


Dates: Friday, 11 November to Sunday, 13 November

Opera in the winelands is an exclusive weekend of fine music, fine food and fine wine for a limited number of exclusive guests, with music ranging from light classics, South African contemporaries and opera. Venues include the Manor House, the stylish new open air amphitheatre and the magnificent country gardens.


Suggested Programme – subject to change


Friday 11th


Arrival at Diemersfontein, enjoy welcome drinks at the manor house and fine dining at seasons restaurant before a glorious sunset concert in the new estate amphitheater, featuring alumni from Gauteng opera academy and invited cape town artists.


16:30- Check in

17:00 – welcome drinks

18:30- Dinner

20:00 – Sunset Concert


Saturday 12th


Wake up to a delicious breakfast before enjoying a guided walk through the scenic estate vineyards, followed by a relaxing gourmet picnic and excellent wine.  Later, Francois roode, wine maker at Diemersfontein, will present an exclusive wine tasting session before dinner.  The highlight of the evening, the gala performance in the elegant manor house , will feature opera favourites, Gauteng opera soloists and guest soloists.


08:30 – Breakfast

10: 00- scenic walk through the winelands and picnic lunch.

12.30 – Transport departs for Bain’s Kloof Picnic – t.b.c.

18:30 – wine tasting.

20:00 – Gala Concert in the Manor House Living Room
(Dinner to be served during Interval)


Sunday 13th


A leisurely start with fragrant coffee and croissants precedes the African dream concert in the glorious manor house gardens. Brunch will be served before the second half of the concert, which features a wonderful rendition of light classics.


10:00 – Coffee and Croissants

10:30 – Light classic concert part 1

11:15 – Brunch

12:00 – Light classics part 2.

12:45 – Depart


Costs – all-inclusive per person R4,250.00 (premium accommodation) R3,650.00 (standard accommodation) Flight and transfer not included. For assistance contact Gauteng Opera on


For bookings and enquiries contact Arnold Cloete on 011 067 8002 /


Phenye ModianePhenye Modiane was born and bred in Ga-Rankuwa. He started singing at an early age, in school choirs, church choir and community choirs. He matriculated at Modiri high school in 2002. In 2002, he represented North West Province at the Tirisano School Choir Eisteddfod (now called SASCE) as a solo tenor, under the guidance of the late Mrs J.C Motshwane. In 2003, he enrolled at Tshwane University of Technology under the guidance of Pierre du Toit.


There he sang in various choruses including school choruses, Salon Music and Opera Africa choruses. And also did the roles of Conte Ivrea in Un Giorno di Regno and Gherrardo in Gianni Schicchi, both school productions. He completed his Btech in Vocal Art in 2006. In 2011, he sang the role of El Ramendado in the Opera Africa production of Carmen. In March 2012, he sang the role of Guard in the newly composed opera of Ziyankomo by Mr Phelelani Mnomiya. He sang as a soloist in the BTE VO1SS production of Kyk hier staan ‘n nuwe mens and the Verdi Gala. Currently he is a member of Forté and he is also busy with his BMus Hons through Universty of Pretoria.

Kagiso Boroko hails from Hammanskraal Kagiso Borokoand already at school, he showed interest in choral music, joining his school choir in 2003. During this year he also joined the group ‘Sweet Voice Masters’ under the leadership of Bhekezizwe Nhlapo.


As a member of the ‘Sweet Voice Masters’ he realized that he loves performing and as a member of this group he performed and participated in the various events, competitions and performances, to name a few: The Unisa Music Foundation Competition, the birthday celebration of Mr Bill Venter, the Altron Awards in 2007 at the Sun City Palace at the Yamaha young talent Rocks Competition and at the Caltivisia Festival.
Kagiso successfully auditioned in 2010 for The Black Tie Ensemble’s Incubator Scheme.


During the next three years he participated as a member of the chorus, part of the Scheme’s training curriculum, in the BTE Opera Vignette production of CW Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice in 2010. He was also a member in BTE’s Annual Christmas Concerts for 2010 and 2011. During 2011 he sang the role of the ‘Page’ in BTE’s production of Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian-Carlo Menotti. Later that year he was part of the Vignette opera production of Gaetano Donizetti’s Lucia de Lammermoor and during September, Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and sang the role of Pinellino in the BTE production of Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini.


During 2012 he participated in the following productions for BTE VO1SS: Forté: Power of the Voice; Verdi Opera Gala; A Spring Gala; One Voice: An African Celebration; A Christmas Concert and Carols by Candlelight. Kagiso passed his final assessment and is currently a member of Forté. He receives vocal coaching from Marcus Desando.

Solly Motaung

Solly Motaung is a bass-baritone singer who has performed the role of Doctor Grenvil in la Traviata with Gauteng Opera. Born in Hammanskraal/Stinkwater near Pretoria, he started singing from a young age at school. Because of his enthusiasm in this genre of music he received solo parts in choirs during competitions.


During matric he auditioned for the Incubator scheme of The Black Tie Ensemble and started his studies in 2012, with Eric Muller as his voice teacher. During his three years of study, Solly was part of the opera chorus in many Black Tie productions and concerts and joined the company on school tours, directed by Marcus Desando. A highlight of 2014 was being part of Gauteng Opera’s production of Cosi fan tutte.


Solly has also played the role of Figaro in the opera Le nozze di Figaro. Although not a student anymore, he still works vocally with Eric Muller and tries to perform as much as possible. Recently, he was part of an elite ensemble for Gauteng Opera’s Forté in Concert at the Linder Auditorium last year. He is now part of the company as junior soloist.


Gauteng Opera academy and UCT Students


(Gauteng Opera Soloists #, Gauteng Opera junior soloist +, Gauteng Opera alumni *, Special guest performer +-,).


Nov 11th 2016 @ 8:00 pm
Nov 13th 2016 @ 12:00 pm
Event Category:


Gauteng Opera


Diemersfontein farm (Wellington, Western Cape)