Must read book of the week – ‘A Passion For Opera’
The book is not only a memoir of Angelo’s life but traces the operatic history in both Italy and South Africa, as well as highlighting the rich history and politics of opera in our country.
Angelo was born in Milan in the midst of Allied bombings in 1943. Even before he knew the meaning of the word ‘opera’ he felt an overwhelming passion to express his emotion by singing an aria from Puccini’s La Bohème. Singing, and particularly operatic singing became his passion, a passion he brought to Cape Town, when, at the age of six, he immigrated to South Africa with his family.
The text in the book is accompanied by beautiful operatic illustrations from Angelo’s personal collection, and Angelo vividly recalls his work with wonderful colleagues – singers, conductors and, particularly, the students who became his extended family.
Angelo has received a Merit Award from the Department of Arts, Culture and Heritage of the Western Cape in recognition of his outstanding achievement in and contribution to the performing Arts, the title “Cavaliere nell’ordine al merito della Repubblica Italiana” by the Italian Government and the Western Cape Premier’s Award for Special Contribution to the Cultural Life of the Western Cape.
He also holds the Khula Award for music; and an Honorary Doctorate from UCT for his contribution to the transformation of the vocal arts in South Africa. Upon his retirement, UCT granted him the title of Emeritus Professor.
The book is published by Staging Post and retails for R 330 at all good book stores.