Northpine opera singer off to New York

Soloist Brittany Smith

Right after the season of Le Nozze di Figaro ends its Johannesburg season next week, Cape Town Opera soloist Brittany Smith from Northpine, will be jetting off to spend two weeks at the Bel Canto Boot Camp (BCBC) in New York City.

Founded in 2020 by South African Rachelle Jonck, Bel Canto Boot Camp offers instruction in “the old Italian style”.

By focusing on the seemingly-mysterious core concepts of bel canto style, on developing a keen ear, and on practitioners’ performance mindset, BCBC strives to set a standard for functional vocal music training.

“It’s incredible that Bel Canto Boot Camp chose Cape Town Opera out of so many companies with whom they could have collaborated around the world,“ says Cape Town Opera’s artistic director, Magdalene Minnaar.

“The level of education and insight that BCBC brings is phenomenal. The team is among some of the best in the business and we feel very privileged to be able to have Brittany work with them.”

“I’m so excited to be working with different musicians and I very much look forward to meeting new people and singing wonderful music. It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime,” says Brittany.

The next major opera production in Cape Town in which Brittany will perform will be L’Elisir d’Amore at Theatre on the Bay in October.