National Opera Company

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National Opera Company refers to two companies in South Africa.

The first was founded by John Connell, Alessandro Rota and William Pickerill in 1940 and performed three opera seasons before closing.

The second was proposed by the Opera Organisation of South Africa (OPEROSA) in the late 1950s to encourage opera associations from Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town to join forces.


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 Unpublished PhD thesis.

Antoinette Johanna Olivier. 2014. 'Exploring contributions to opera by The Black Tie Ensemble: a historical case study'. Mini-dissertation submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree Master‟s in Music at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University.

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