Worlds Apart

JOHN ALLISON remembers operagoing in his native Cape Town during the bleak days of apartheid and traces the art form's rebirth there in recent years.

Robbens Island Fidelio
The Robben Island performance of Fidelio, 2004, with Bongani Tembe (Jaquino), Linda Bukhosini (Marzelline), Carsten Stabell (Rocco) and Elizabeth Connell (Leonore)
© Kim Ludbrook/epa/Corbis 2010
Six thousand miles may be a long way to travel for a single, modestly cast performance of a well-known opera such as Fidelio, but in March 2004, I just had to go. Growing up in Cape Town during the wo...

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