French Songbook

Sat Oct 16, 19:00 - Sat Oct 16, 21:00
Youngblood Gallery


French Songbook

Brittany Smith - Soprano

Ané Pretorius - Soprano

Alex Gabriel - Piano

Relive Europe's musical 'Golden Age' in a century of French song

Cape Town Opera is proud to present Young Artists Brittany Smith (soprano) and Ané Pretorius (soprano), with Managing Director Alex Gabriel at the piano, in French Songbook, a concert celebrating a century (1840s – 1940s) of French mélodie.


Our journey begins and ends in the salons and cabaret theatres of Paris and traverses Europe’s ‘golden age’ (La Belle Epoque) via the desert sands of North Africa and the battlefields of war. We meet Hamlet’s Ophelia, travel with an English mouse on a boat trip to France, and help a mad hatter fix his watch that is three days late. You will hear songs of unrequited love, enjoy mini-scenes as if at the opera, waltz in a haunted house, be transported back to medieval France, and dance at the cabaret.


The programme includes mélodies by French masters such as Berlioz, Bizet, Duparc, Hahn, Ravel, Satie and Poulenc, as well as a few surprises by lesser-known French composers. We invite you to join us on our journey!



  • Date: Saturday, 16 October 2021
  • Tickets cost R300 per person, which includes a welcome drink and the concert.
  • Concert starts at 19h00.
  • Venue: Youngblood- Africa Gallery, 70, 72 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001
  • Click here to book your ticket.

For a dinner reservation, contact Zanne’s Fare which earlier this year relocated from corner Loop Str and Longmarket street to Youngblood Gallery. Contact: 083 745 4815. (Dinner is not included in your ticket)

Additional information

Age restriction Family friendly
Refund policy Refunds allowed (view policy)


French Songbook
Youngblood Gallery
Youngblood's Beautifull Life Building, 70 Bree St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000
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