Classics in the Gardens

Classics in the Gardens

An open-air concert under the South African sun

Classics in the Gardens

Classics in the Gardens

Opera classics: On May 22, 2016, the GRP played an open-air concert in the Botanial Garden Walter Sisulu in Johannesburg, South Africa. An audience of about 600 people sat down on the lawn in the park in front of the orchestra pavillion, enjoying the warm evening sun and listening to famous aria from opera and light opera from Mozart to Léhar, as well as to traditional African Songs, European and South American stage evergreens. South Afrian and European vocal soloists appeared together on stage and filled, togehter with the GRP, the audience with enthusiasm.

See pictures of this concert.


Performers at Classics in the Gardens:

Vocal soloists: Anna Nesyba, soprano – Aleksandra Olczyk, soprano –  Musa Nkuna, tenor – Themba M. Maseko, tenor – Phenye Modiane, tenor – Nicholas Ndandane, baritone

Instrumental soloists: Peter Meyer, violin – Anna Pelczer,viola

Conductor: Desar Sulejmani

German Rhine-Philharmonic


  1. Magic Flute Ouverture
  2. Lehár, F. – Vilja Lied (Lustige Witwe)
  3. Di Curtis – Torna a Surriento (Neapolitan Song)
  4. G. F. Händel arr. Halvorsen – Passacaglia for Violin and Viola (Peter Meyer, Violin, Anna Pelczer, Viola)
  5. Verdi, G.-  La donna é mobile (Rigoletto)
  6. W. A. Mozart – Aria of Tamino “Dies Bildnis ist bazaubernd schön”
  7. W. A. Mozart – Aria of Sarastro “O Isis und Osiris” (Brass Ensemble)
  8. Puccini, G. – O mio babino Caro (Gianni Schicchi)
  9. A. Piazolla – Libertango (String orchestra with Solo Violin)
  10. W. A. Mozart – Aria of the Qeen of the Night “Der hölle Rache“


  1. Di Capua – O sole mio (Neapolitan Song)
  2. J. Strauss – Tritsch tratsch Polka
  3. Lehár, F. – Meine Lippen sie küssen so heiss (Giuditta)
  4. Denza, Luigi – Funiculi, Funicula (Neapolitan Song)
  5. J. Strauss – “Mein Herr Marquis‘‘
  6. South African Medley
    Thula Thula
    Thula Sthandwa sami
    Tlangela Yehova
  7. Puccini, G. – Nessun Dorma (Turandot)
  8. Verdi, G. – Libiamo (La Traviata)