Love and Green Onions

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Love and Green Onions is a jazz opera composed by Denzil Weale with a libretto by Michael Williams.

The original text

Based on Zakes Mda’s novel Ways of Dying. The music includes indigenous styles such as kwela, kwaito and marabi songs.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

2001: Presented by Cape Town Opera at the National Arts Festival (June 28 and 30) and at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town (19–28 July), featuring Gloria Bosman and Fikile Mvinjelwa.


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 Unpublished PhD thesis.

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