The Orphans of Qumbu

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The Orphans of Qumbu is an opera by composer Alan Stephenson and librettist Michael Williams.

The original text

Published in The orphans of Qumbu and other South African operas for young people by Michael Williams, by Heinemann Publishers (Pty) Ltd. 1995.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

First performed in 1993 in schools in local townships, as part of CAPAB Opera’s outreach programme, with pupils and UCT singing students performing.

2007: Presented by Cape Town Opera (10-14 July) and in the Joseph Stone Auditorium (July 18-26 July). Directed by Gerrida Dickason. Conductor: Alexander Fokkens. Cast: Janelle Visagie, Magdalene Minnaar, Aubrey Lodewyk, Miranda Tini, Ronald Theys, Ebenezer Sawuli, Learners of Kwamfundo Senior Secondary School and ID Mkhize High School


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 Unpublished PhD thesis.

"The Orphans Of Qumbu". IOL. 17 July 2007.

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