Opera Incubator


In 2016 Umculo will be broadening and intensifying its activities in South Africa. This new performance and education initiative will offer more South African communities access to Umculo’s expertise and unique artistic vision:

Umculo Opera Incubator

The Umculo Opera Incubator seeks to provide a growth platform for an operatic art form that is relevant to contemporary communities and institutions. By combining the aims of artistic excellence and innovation with educational and training programs, the Opera Incubator explores the full potential of opera as a means of social development.

Umculo’s unique artistic vision makes international expertise available to a broad network of South African participants and raises international awareness about the creative potential of South Africa’s talent.

The initiative will be based in South Africa, headed by the award-winning South African tenor and director Kobie van Rensburg in cooperation with Umculo founder Shirley Apthorp and her team of internationally-acclaimed experts Robert Lehmeier (Stage Director), Cathy Milliken (Music Education and Composition) and Warwick Stengårds (Conductor).

Activities will include student and professional chamber opera productions, workshops, masterclasses, development opportunities and tours.

The Opera Incubator will be based on strong partnerships with established South African musical and educational institutions. Initial discussions with prospective partners are already underway, but our door is always open. If you or your organisation are interested in opera or simply in joining our adventure in changing lives through music, contact us!

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