The tiny south African nation’s first opera, written by the author of the ‘No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency’ series, is a version of ‘Macbeth,’ with baboons. It’s a rare opportunity for a local soprano.
The villages of Botswana are full of music. Gospel music. Choral music. The singsong repetitive music of rote classroom learning.
But not opera, until now.
As a small girl in the village of Ramotswa, Tshenolo Segokgo learned to sing in a church choir. She grew up and moved to the capital, Gabarone, for vocal lessons.
Then one day in 2004, her music teacher put on an opera CD.
“It felt like it was angels singing,” she recalls. (more)