Silas Marner

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Silas Marner is an opera in three acts by John Joubert (1927-2019) with a libretto by Rachel Trickett.

The original text

Based on the novel by George Elliot.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1961: First performance at the Little Theatre, Cape Town, May 1961, by the University of Cape Town Opera School, conducted by Prof. Erik Chisholm, with Albie Louw as Marner.


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 Unpublished PhD thesis.

"Erik Chisholm: Snapshots of a remarkable life". University of Cape Town.

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