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Verdi Gala Concert
Verdi Gala Concert
14.04.2012 19.30 - 22.00
Sand du Plessis Theatre - Bloemfontein
Symphony Concert


Conductor: Alexander Fokkens

Director: Marcus Desando

Soloists: Caroline Modiba (soprano), Brenda Thulo (soprano), Phenye Modiane (tenor), Khotso Tsekeletsa (tenor), Dikgang Mantoro (baritone), Thabang Senekal (baritone)

Choirs from Oranje Meisieskool and Grey College

Bookings: Computicket


  • La Traviata Overture
  • Excerpte from La Traviata
  • E strano! ... Ah forse e Luit ... Sempre libera - Caroline Modiba (soprano)
  • Lunge da lei ... De miei bollenti spiriti - Phenye Modiane (tenor)
  • Madimigella Valery ... Pura siccome un angelo ... Dite alla giovine - Caroline Modiba & Thabang Senekal
  • Di provenza il mar, il suol - Dikgang Mantoro & Thabang Senekal
  • Ogni suo aver tal femmina (act II finale) - Soloists & chorus


  • La Forza del Destino Overture
  • Va pensiero form Nabucco
  • La donna e mobile form Rigoletto - Khotso Tsekeletsa (tenor)
  • Canzone del velo from Don Carlo
  • Cortigiani vil razza from Rigoletto - Thabang Senekal (baritone)
  • Qual Volluta Trascorrere from I Lombardi - Brenda Thulo, Phenye Modiane & Dikgang Mantoro
  • Un di sebben ramentomi from Rigoletto

 More about the soloists

Caroline Modiba

Caroline Modiba 1 Caroline Modiba hails from Soshanguwe and now lives in Pretoria. She started singing opera in High School and in 2003 (during matric) she started singing lessons with Ms Sannie Streicher. In 2005 she started studying with Ms Lorraine Havermann. Currently she receives vocal training from Louis Botha. In August 2006 she successfully auditioned for The Black Tie Ensemble's Incubator Scheme. After a successful final singing assessment in November 2009, Caroline was offered a position in The Black Tie Ensemble. In June 2010 Caroline participated in the Windhoek Best of Operetta concert by Windhoek Classical Productions. In October she sang the title role of Amahl and the Night Visitors during the 2010 BTE School Tours. 2011 started off with Valentine Enchantment and during March she sang the role of Violetta in a vignette performance of La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi. Then followed her inspiring performance of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and, during September, her heart-warming portrayal of Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi. In March 2012 she was a soloist and cast member in the production Bravo Opera Africa. In March 2012 she was a soloist in the BTE VO1SS inaugural concert.

Brenda Thulo (soprano)

Brenda Thulo 1 Brenda Thulo was born in Sebokeng, Gauteng, and obtained a BTech in Vocal Arts from the Tshwane University of Technology.  Brenda has sung in concert with Renée Fleming at the Pretoria State Theatre, and as part of The Black Tie Ensemble’s production of The Merry Widow at the same venue.  In 2011 she joined the Opera Africa Studio and sang the role of Barbarina in their production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, directed by Angelo Gobbato. In 2012 she joined BTE VO1SS and performed with them in Stellenbosch and Cape Town, a television special tribute to Mimi Coertse.  Recently she performed the role of Hermia in Henry Purcell’s The Fairy Queen, presented by Umculo and Cape Town Festival.


Phenye Modiane (tenor)

Phenye web Phenye Modiane was born 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 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 (TUT), where he studied under Mr Pierre du Toit. During this time he sang in various choruses and also did the roles of Conte Ivrea in Un Giorno di Regno and Gherrardo in Gianni Schicchi for school productions. He completed his BTech in Vocal Art in 2006. In 2011, he sang the role of El Ramendado in the Opera Africa's production of Carmen. In March 2012 he sang the role of the Guard in the newly composed opera of Ziyankomo by Phelelani Mnomiya, produced by Opera Africa. On 21 March he was a soloist in the BTE VO1SS Inaugural Concert. He is currently also busy with his BMus (Hons) through the University of Pretoria.

Khotso Tšekeletsa (tenor)

Khotso web Khotso Tšekeletsa grew up in Bloemfontein where he started his singing career by singing in his primary and secondary school choirs, and later with The Bloemfontein Male Voice Choir. Having won school competitions, he received voice training from Wilhelm Theunissen of the Musicon Orange Free State. In August 2002 he successfully auditioned for Black Tie Ensemble (BTE). During this period he sang several roles for BTE, invluding Parpignol in Puccini's La Bohème; Count Almaviva in Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia; Arturo in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor, Peppe/Arlechino in Leoncavallo's I Pagliacci and Nemorino in Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore. From 2008 to March 2012 he sang King Solomon in Princess Magogo and Don Curzio in Le Nozze di Figaro for Opera Africa. He is currently a cast member and soloist in the Bravo Opera Africa Production. In January 2012 he was accepted as an artist for BTE VO1SS. In March he was a soloist in the BTE VO1SS Inaugural Concert held on 21 March 2012. He receives vocal training from Louis Botha.


Dikgang Mantoro (baritone)

Dikgang 2 Dikgang was born in Parys in the Free State. After finishing school, he went to Bloemfontein where he was introduced to opera and studied with Wilhelm Theunissen. He performed at the Macufe Festival in 2002/03 and joined The Black Tie Ensemble's Incubator Scheme in 2004. As a third-year member in 2006 he sang the role of Belcore in the BTE production of Donizetti's L'elisir d'amore. After his successful third-year assessment in February 2007, Dikgang was offered a position in The Black Tie Ensemble. In June 2009, Dikgang sang the role of Count Danilo in The Black Tie Ensemble's production of Franz Lehár's The Merry Widow. 2011 started off with the Valentine Enchantment and an opera recital with three friends in March. On 28 April 2011 he was a member of the cast for the world premiere of Winnie the Opera. In June 2011 he was a soloist in the BTE production One Voice: An African Celebration. In September 2011 he sang the role of Ser Amantio de Nicolao in the BTE production of Gianni Schicchi by Giacomo Puccini. In February 2012 he joined members of BTE VO1SS as a soloist and member of the Ensemble at the Tribute Concert for Mimi Coertse on KykNet which will be broadcasted on 12 June 2012. On 21 March he was a soloist in the BTE VO1SS Inaugural Concert – Forté: Power of the voice. He receives vocal coaching from Eric Muller.


Thabang Senekal (baritone)

Thabang Senekal Insert Thabang Senekal was born in Bloemfontein. He started his singing career at the age of 9, singing in school choirs as well as with the Good Male Singers and the Dinakangwedi Church Choir where he was a conductor. In 2001 he started vocal training with Wilhelm Theunissen and early in 2003 he passed an audition for The Black Tie Ensemble’s Incubator Scheme where he received vocal coaching from Eric Muller. In 2004 he understudied the role of Marcello for The Black Tie Ensemble (BTE) production of Puccini’s La Bohème and sang the role of the sergeant in the same production. In 2005 he sang the role of Marco for BTE’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In 2007, after finishing his studies in the Incubator Scheme, Thabang joined The Black Tie Ensemble as a soloist. He has since then been involved with several BTE productions including An Edwardian Soiree and an Autumn Enchantment. In August 2007 he performed on the first Black Tie Ensemble DVD, Bravo Mozart. His roles include Bogdanovitsch in Franz Lehár’s The Merry Widow, Schaunard in La Bohème (Puccini), Dr Falke in Die Fledermaus (Johann Strauss) Germont in La Traviata , Gill in Suzanne’s Secret (Wolf-Ferrari) Enrico in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor and the title role in Giacomo Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi.


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