Gauteng Opera presents La Bohème


Giacomo Puccini’s LA BOHÈME

During July, Gauteng Opera will present one of the most well-known and all-time favourite operas on the regular opera performance circuit: La Bohème, generously supported by the Joburg Theatre and Creative Feel.


From 18 to 23 July 2017, Gauteng’s most vibrant opera company will present this heartwarming opera by composer Giacomo Puccini, with the libretto written by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The opera premiered on 1 February 1896 at the Teatro Regio in Turin, Italy.


Gauteng Opera CEO, Marcus Desando will direct this brand-new production. Music will be performed by the Gauteng Opera Orchestra, conducted by Eddie Clayton. Set design is by Lungile Cindi and Simon King is the lighting designer.


Khayakazi Madlala will sing the role of Mimi.  The role of Colline will be sung by Vuyani Mlinde, another South African opera singer currently working in Europe.  Vuyani was the first “incubator” with Gauteng Opera (then known as Black Tie Ensemble) in 2001.  By 2004 he left South Africa to become a member of the young artists programme of Covent Garden in London and has never looked back.  We are proud to welcome back one of our own.


Other cast members include Phenye Modiane as Rodolfo, Litho Nqai as Musetta and Solly Motaung will sing the role of her jealous lover, Marcello. Closing up the ranks for the soloists, will be Chuma Sijeqa, performing the role of Schaunard.


This ‘human’ opera revolves around four friends – especially two of them; Rodolfo, a poor poet who falls in love with Mimi, a neighbour in the building where they live and Marcello who has a stormy relationship with Musetta. The story is universal and ageless.  The new Kobbés Opera book describes it as follows: “In La Bohème, Puccini’s melodic invention and its turn to expressive use is at fullest flood, and he combines it with an epigrammatic, conversational conciseness that is unique in his output, technically adroit though that always is.”


Performances of La Bohème will take place on Tuesday, 18 July at 20:00, Thursday, 20 July at 20:00, Saturday, 22 July at 20:00 and Sunday, 23 July at 15:00.  Tickets range from R200 – R500 and are available online or 011 877 6853 / 011 877 6917


For more information, log on to, visit Gauteng Opera’s Facebook page or follow @GautengOpera on Twitter.


About Gauteng Opera


Gauteng Opera is an all-round performing arts and entertainment company focusing on opera related productions, concerts and events.  With the slogan “Opera for Everyone”, Gauteng Opera aims to expose opera to varied audiences with different opera offerings. Driven by excellence in vocal performance and theatre, Gauteng Opera prides itself in being one of the foremost nurturers of experts and proponents for quality vocal performance and theatre practitioners.


Official hashtags:

#GOlaBohème #OperaForEveryone

Self-Portrait exclusive to Luminance


The Self-Portrait Pre-Fall 2017 collection makes the case for elegance and ease at the hottest time of the year. A focus on clever techniques and fresh treatments gives fabrics a unique allure that builds on Self-Portrait’s signature occasionwear – but also transposes it to the everyday.

Cotton canvas trousers and high-waist skirts with statement faux-horn buttons offer a modern take on the utility trend and set the effortless, everyday tone. Bonded stripe shirting fabric gets a Self-Portrait spin, too: cut to flattering proportions, with an off- the-shoulder neckline here and a peplum waist there, it guarantees a breezy approach to summer dressing.

Signature feminine dresses are re-energized with inventive techniques. Cutwork embroidered poplin and tencel offer a new spin on flirtatious occasionwear. 3-D multi-coloured floral lace and broderie anglaise, all artworked in-house, feel fresh; stand-outs include the retro daisy motif, enlivened with chic details such as a skinny white collar, a black ribbon belt, or a cut-away back. Also new are striped, engineered crochet panels in white and navy, which conceal and reveal in equal measure, cut to flatter via high-waisted skirts and cut-out midi dresses.

In keeping with the summery aesthetic, the colour palette makes use of soft pastel tones and gelato hues – lemon drop yellow, cornflower blue, strawberry pink – with pops of raspberry and burgundy. Navy and black also proliferate, lending an air of grown-up sophistication to jumpsuits and silk mini shift dresses. The Self-Portrait woman’s new season directive is simple: Dress up and head out.

About Self-Portrait

Founded in November 2013 by Han Chong, the Malaysian-born, Central Saint Martin’s-educated designer, Self-Portrait has enjoyed unprecedented success and cornered the market in occasion dressing.

Chong’s experimental textures and feminine silhouettes are luxuriously executed yet accessible, and in less than three years Self-Portrait has been worn by the entertainment and fashion industry’s biggest names including Beyoncé, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez, Rachel McAdams, Jessica Biel, Katy Perry, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner, Kristen Stewart, Lady Gaga and Michelle Obama.

Here is some of my favourite pieces:

LUMINANCE is a South African luxury multi-brand chain of stores which offer a world class shopping experience with an African appeal. The physical stores are located in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton and the Menlyn Park Mall, Pretoria.
The company has been in existence for 4 years. Dr Judy Dlamini and her husband Sizwe Nxasana took full ownership and management of Luminance three years ago.  Through its aesthetically pleasing environments, knowledgeable and professional team and unique high quality products, Luminance inspires its customers to Live Life Beautifully.
Judy is a qualified medical doctor who has been in business for more than 20 years. She’s a published author and holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership.

Here is some more pieces from the Pre-Fall collection I think should be worn by fashion lovers …

Shop the collection
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Bryan Adams – Get Up! Tour presented by DStv

Big Concerts confirmed today that Bryan Adams will be returning to South Africa performing in four cities as part of his Get Up World Tour. Don’t miss the chance to see Bryan Adams performing all his hits live starting in Johannesburg on 9th December at the Ticketpro Dome, 10th December at the Sun Arena, Time Square, Pretoria, 12th December at the Durban ICC and 14th December at the Grand Arena, GrandWest, Cape Town. The tour is presented in partnership with South Africa’s leading entertainment provider DStv and media sponsors 947, KFM, CapeTalk, East Coast Radio and Channel 24.


“Our partnership with Big Concerts provides a fantastic opportunity for DStv to showcase the power of great entertainment by bringing to life our customers’ favourite music content in a multisensory experience.  We are also driven by our need to thank our customers for their loyal support through such events,” commented Nomsa Chabeli Mazibuko, Group Head of Marketing: MultiChoice.

Bryan Adams is hitting the road on a global tour following the release of histhirteenth studio album Get Up!. “We had a ball making this record,” Bryan Adams says of his latest record. Reunited with his original songwriting collaborator, Jim Vallance and newly connected to producer Jeff Lynne. Vallance was Bryan’s co-writer on some of the most important songs of his career: Cuts Like a Knife;” “Somebody”; “Summer of 69”; “Heaven” and “Run To You” among half hundred others.


Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like, “Cuts Like A Knife”, “Summer of ’69”, “Kids Wanna Rock”, “Can’t Stop This Thing We’ve Started”, “(Everything I Do) I Do It For You”, “Open Road” and “Thought I’d Seen Everything”, Adams status as one of the great songwriter’s of our time has been solidified with a Grammy Award, 18 Juno Awards and an American Music Award. He has also been nominated for three Academy Awards and five Golden Globes.

Adams’ outstanding live concerts have established him as one of the world’s great rock singers, performing over 120 concerts a year. Commenting on his latest album Get Up  Adams replied“I wanted to always make records that are completely true to me”.

Don’t miss Bryan Adams for an evening of his best hits plus songs from his latest album Get Up!

Tour Itinerary


Saturday 9th December 2017

Ticketpro Dome

Tickets from R515 – R1080



Sunday 10 December 2017

Sun Arena, Time Square

Tickets from R515 – R1080



Tuesday 12 December 2017

Durban ICC

Tickets from R460 – R915


Cape Town

Thursday 14 December 2017

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets from R575 – R1020