IRPfellows, Mozambique — Dec 8, 2014

Mozambique’s first opera trains new generation to sing

When one thinks of Mozambique, one probably doesn’t imagine an opera. There isn’t one, at least not yet. However, I met two astounding women who have returned from careers abroad to popularize the genre in their home country. I wrote this piece for The Guardian about Stella Mendoça’s plans to create a Mozambican opera based on the novel Terra Sonâmbula by the country’s most famous author, Mia Couto.

They are a long way from opening night, but training this local choir in vocal techniques, language, and music theory is the first step in bringing a homegrown opera to life. The group has an impressive repertoire and they are captivating performers, as you can see in the video below. I wish them the best.

Full article for The Guardian: New choir brings opera to Mozambique