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Earthdiving or earthdiving is a techno-opera composed by Mokale Koapeng with Péter Louis van Dijk and Martin Phipps, and with text by Nancy Duigud and Nan Hamilton.

The original text

The text interweaves Greek mythology — specifically the myth of Demeter and Pluto — with Khoisan ritual and beliefs.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2003: Presented by Cape Town Opera at Spier (7–15 March), directed by Nancy Diuguid. Set design by Sarah Calburn, costumes by Black Coffee. With the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Xandi van Dijk. Featuring Ntombizodumo Mahlaba, Philisa Sibeko, Mandlenkosi Mhkize, Abel Moeng, and the Cape Town Opera chorus, under Daniel Mestre.


Guy Willoughby. 'Bravo!'. Mail and Guardian. 20 October 2006.

Wayne Muller. 2018. A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). Unpublished PhD thesis.

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