Gauteng’s new opera company

Big   Wig   Opera

 is pleased to reveal its brand image to the public with the launch of its web site:


Founded in November last year by tenor Stéfan Louw, mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Lombard and a handful of passionate opera-lovers, Big Wig Opera’s simplified mission is to produce ‘real opera for real people’.

Lombard, whose career in opera as singer, director and vocal coach spans 25 years, has been appointed artistic director at Big Wig Opera.  She believes that, with the right vision, planning and financial support, opera has a definite future in South Africa.  “We have a wealth of talent, much of it as yet undiscovered,” she says.  “With South Africa’s great choral tradition, of which the operatic repertoire recently became an integral part, and at a very high standard, we have a culture of story-telling through music.”

The company’s 2015 season will comprise of four beautiful stories at the Roodepoort Theatre: La Boheme, Il Trovatore, Madama Butterfly and L’elisir d’amore.  Season tickets are already available from the Joburg City Theatre’s central reservations (0861 670 670 or

Big Wig Opera’s marketing director, tenor Muzi Mazibuko, believes that the company will become a tool to bridge the gap between people that practice the art in their own separate corners.  “I have faith that South Africans will come together, share experiences and map out a direction which will make the art form compatible among other artistic, social and sporting codes that exist in the country,” he says.

In true spirit of collaboration Big Wig Opera soloists and its opera chorus will be joining the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra for two nights of opera favourites on 4 and 5 March at the Linder Auditorium in Johannesburg.  Ticket prices range from R125 to R330 and will be going on sale through Computicket next month.  For enquiries please contact Neville at 011 789 2733 or send an e-mail to