Friday 24 May, 19:30 — Moravian Church, Greyton
Long time collaborators Zanne Stapelberg de Lange and Philippus Hugo will be presenting a programme of opera arias, classical musicals, art songs as well as one of their great passions... Spanish Zarzuella arias and tango music. Zanne has been a regular face at the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All-festival and after a 3 year sabbatical is thrilled to be back at this glorious festival. This programme is a celebration of all that is so inherently characteristic of performing and making music — passion, fire, skillful interpretation and most of all the ability to let go of everyday life in that magical world that only music can create. Works featured will be the Song to the Moon from Dvorak's opera Rusalka, The Habanera from Bizet's Carmen, The Glamorous LIfe from A Litte Night Music by S. Sondheim as well as the joyous Zapateado from La Tempranica by G. Gimenez. They will be joined on stage by Valentina Koleva Vorster (violin), Visser Liebenberg (clarinet) and Nastassja Pretorius (cello). See all artists’ biographies below
ZANNE STAPELBERG DE LANGE
Zanne began her operatic training at the Conservatoire of Stellenbosch University (with Magdalena Oosthuizen) and graduated in 1998 with a degree in Music and English Literature. The university also awarded her with various academic achievement and singing bursaries. In 1999 she obtained her Higher Licentiate in Musical Performance Cum Laude.
In 2000, Stapelberg became a member of the Cape Town Opera Studio. In 2001 she received the Best Young Opera Singer Award from the Cape Town Friends of the Opera.
Operatic roles include Angelica in Suor Angelica, Mimì in Puccini's La Bohème, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, Ilia in Mozart's, Idomeneo, Marguerite in Gounod's, Faust, Handel's Alcina, and Pamina in Mozart's Die Zauberflöte.
Her oratorio repertoire includes Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Haydn's Die Schöpfung, Mozart's Dixit Dominus and Requiem, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Dvořák's Requiem, Carla in William Kentridge's Confessions of Zeno, composed by Kevin Volans, as well as the Aqua Opera at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront in 2003 and 2004.
Other stage performances include Marthinus Basson's staging of Stravinsky's Pulcinella.
Stapelberg has collaborated with South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr, on his Byzantium for soprano and orchestra, The Death of Cleopatra and various of his song cycles. One of them, Die Stil Avontuur, comprising settings of works by South African poet, Elisabeth Eybers, was composed specifically for Stapelberg's voice.
She received the Kanna Award for Best Classical Production in 2014 at the Klein Karoo National Arts Festival, together with the Odeion String Quartet.
Apart from her operatic and concert performances, Stapelberg is also involved in various creative stage projects with her company Long Tall Women Productions; in 2006 she launched her opera-cabaret, Zanne.
Philippus Hugo obtained the degrees B.Mus, B.Mus(hons) and M.Mus (Cum Laude) in piano performing from the University of Stellenbosch under the guidance of Juliana de Villiers. He makes his solo debut with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra at the age of 16.
During his student years, he regularly performs as soloist with the CTPO, Natal Philharmonic, Stellenbosch Symphony Orchestra and the Hugo Lambrechts Symphony Orchestra. In 1992 he was appointed the post as official accompanist at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre, a post he held for 5 years before accepting a teaching post at Rustenburg Girls school. After teaching for 5 years he was appointed as accompanist at the University of Stellenbosch in 2001, where he still works as part time accompanist. Since 1994 until 2010 he was the official accompanist for the ABSA National music competition in Port Elizabeth and performed as accompanist for the SANLAM music competition in Cape Town.
He is a regular accompanist for the ATKV Musique, Artscape Competition, UNISA gr8 and Overseas Bursary Competition as well as freelance accompanist for national arts festivals like the KKNK, KK, Vryfees, Hermanus Fine Arts Festival, Darling Voorkamerfest and the Greyton Genadendal Classics for All Festival. In 2011 he was asked to perform with the American singers Kennethia Mitchell and Lawrence Craig Jr at the annual Maputo International Music Festival. He performed again in 2014, 2016 and 2017 as accompanist at the Maputo International Music Festival.From 2012until 2016 he was the official accompanist for the Muziqante Competition. He is also the producer, accompanist and programme arranger for the prize winners of the ATKV competition’s country tours. His production of the opening concert at the Klein Karoo Classique festival in Oudtshoorn, in 2013, was nominated for a Fiesta Award for best classical concert at a national festival. He is regularly appointed as adjudicator for various eisteddfods in South Africa. In 2012 he was a guest artist at the Harare Music Festival in Zimbabwe. In 2014 he is appointed as a member of the board of examiners for UNISA. Since 2000 he is one of the official accompanists at the Conserve, University of Stellenbosch and he specialize in working with singers. Philippus is also a chef and he and his partner run the well-known Driefontein Farm Restaurant in the Overberg.
Nastassja Pretorius (21) is currently a third year Bmus student at the University of Stellenbosch, specializing in cello performance under the tutelage of Dr. Peter Martens. She began lessons at the age of 6 at the Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre with Leonore Ehlers. She was a participant in the 2015 National Youth Music Competition and a finalist at the Pieter Kooij Competition in 2014 and 2015. She regularly participates in the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, is a member of the South African National Youth Orchestra, ad-hoc cellist for the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently the principal cellist of the University of Stellenbosch Symphony orchestra. She also performed with the Stellenbosch University Jazz band as bassist and is a member of the NAC Cape Town Orchestra. In 2016, she formed part of the I Grandi Violoncelisti, an ensemble of 8 cellists, alongside cellists such as Marian Lewin and Eddie Mclean. In 2018, she forms part of the MIAGI orchestra which toured to Europe, performing in concert halls such as the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. She also performed as soloist with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. She received masterclasses from Baroque specialist Antionette Loumann and cellists Erich Huetter (Germany), Joachim Crepon-Muller (Switzerland), Norman Fisher (USA), Anmari van der Westhuizen (SA) and Thomas Schmitz (Germany) of the Signum Quartet.
VALENTINA KOLEVA VORSTER
Valentina Koleva Vorster studied violin at the National Academy of Music in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has won several Bulgarian national competitions for solo violin and chamber music. As a member of two Bulgarian State Symphony orchestras, she has toured on opera tours throughout Europe. She joined KZN Philharmonic Orchestra and Baroque 2000 Orchestra in 2002, holding the position of Co-principal of the first violinists in the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra between 2006 -2009, and appearing as a soloist with both orchestras on several occasions. Valentina was a member of the Wouter String Quartet (later named the Blue Velvet String Quartet), which was voted Best Classical group in KZN for 2007. She has performed in many chamber concerts with several of South Africa’s top musicians.
After getting married, Valentina moved to Cape Town in January 2009. She became a freelance musician and a regular ad hoc violinist with Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra as well as a member of Camerata Tinta Barocca and Stellenbosch University Camerata. As a chamber and solo musician, she has performed in many music festivals in South Africa, such as Klein Karoo Klassique Festival in Oudtshoorn, the Finarts Festival in Hermanus, The Grahamstown Festival, The Hilton Festival in Kwa Zulu Natal, The Classics for All Festival in Greyton/Genadendal and Woordfees in Stellenbosch.
Valentina was part of two CD recordings with Tim Kliphuis Trio and Stellenbosch University Camerata for Sony Music, as well as in many other studio recordings for movie documentaries. She has closely worked with the Cape Town based composer Anthony Costandius and premiered several of his works. One of them “The Tragic tale of Torbalan ond Oude Rode Rogen” for violin and double bass was dedicated to her and her colleague Roxane Steffen.
Valentina was a full-time violin and viola teacher, the conductor of the Senior String orchestra and the concertmaster of the Symphony orchestra at Hugo Lambrechts Music Centre in Parow (Cape Town) between 2011 and 2108, with which she performed extensively and received numerous awards, Cum Laudes at Eisteddfods and a Gold medal at an International Festival for Christmas and Advent music in Bratislava/Slovakia.
Valentina is currently a free-lance musician and has a private teaching studio at El Shaddai Christian school in Durbanville. She also regularly plays on Baroque violin. Valentina is a mother of a 7-year old daughter
Visser Liebenberg is a versatile free-lance clarinet player and qualified yoga teacher based in Stellenbosch, Western Cape. As a clarinetist, his creative projects range from free-improvisation and electronics in collaboration with artists in poetry, drama and film, to actively performing as a soloist, chamber musician, and an ad-hoc clarinet player for the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Kwazulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. He received musical guidance from eminent South African teachers and master classes from international clarinetists Richard Hosford, Timothy Lines, Mate Bekavac and Ferdinand Steiner. Visser has attended the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival since 2007 as clarinet student where he has performed and worked with international and national faculty members.
In 2018 he made his international soloist debut with MIAGI Orchestra celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela in Europe. With MIAGI he performed as soloist at festivals and concert halls like Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, BOZAR Henry Le Boeuf Hall in Brussels, Het Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Verbier Festival in Switzerland, Gustav-Mahler Festival in Italy, and the Konzerthaus in Berlin. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts (cum laude), in clarinet performance, at Stellenbosch University Conservatorium where he is an active clarinet teacher. He is currently a registered academic PhD Student in Artistic Research at Africa - Open, Institute for Music Research and Innovation, Stellenbosch University. His research explores and experiments with the creation of extended clarinet techniques through the harvesting of endogenous sounds in South Africa.
In his free time, he teaches private yoga classes and group classes at The Hot Yoga Studio in Stellenbosch.