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National Opera Association of South Africa


Alessandro Rota and John Connell were instrumental in the launch of the National Opera Association of South Africa.

Its aim was to encourage indigenous opera and ballet and to encourage South African artists to remain in the country.


The National Opera Association of South Africa merged with the Opera Society of South Africa to become the South African Opera Federation in 1958.


1957: Madama Butterfly (in Johannesburg and Durban)

1962: The Barber of Seville, Madama Butterfly


Percy Tucker, 1997

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 Unpublished PhD thesis.

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.

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