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In French-speaking Africa, there is an impressive number of talented classical musicians. Yet, there are no facilities available to give them the means to acquire a professional level.

Isabelle KABATU, soprano of international fame, therefore had the dream to create such facilities, a project she has baptized: OPERA TERRE D'ORAGE

OPERA TERRE D'ORAGE, based in the Democratic Republic of Congo, will be used to promote opera artists.

OPÉRA TERRE D'ORAGE

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ABOUT US

The company is the result of a meeting between several key persons from the cultural and musical-distribution domains: José Van Dam, José Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, opera singers, Filip de Boek, author and professor of Ethnology at the University of Leuven, Miguel Mesquita da Cunha, literary man, Patricia de Peuter Vaerman, art consultant, Tony de Vuyst, Director-General of PointCulture, Laurent Carlier, Thierry Migliorini, music teachers, Stefano Giuliani, stage director and visual artist, Maxime Selemani, founder of the VOX AWARDS Opera Competition, Kathryn Brahy, Director of the Wallonia Brussels Center in Kinshasa, Anne Dechamps, Head of Bilateral Cooperation Belgium Central Africa and Hervé Lisoir, King Baudouin Foundation

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iIsabelle Kabatu in Aida at the Scala of Mailand

ISABELLE KABATU

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The winner of numerous international competitions (Paris, Bilbao, Reine Elisabeth Bruxelles, Clermont-Ferrand, Verviers), Isabelle Kabatu, the Belgian soprano of African origins, won the First Prize of the prestigious Viotti competition, in Varallo, Italy in 1994.
In the same year, she made her career debut in the title role of « La Traviata » in Lisbon.

She quickly established herself on some of the world’s greatest stages: La Scala di Milano, Opéra Bastille Paris, Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona, Arena di Verona, Teatro Communale Bologna, Semperoper Dresden, Staatsoper Vienna, Teatro Real Madrid and the Bunkamura Tokyo as well as the opera houses of Rome, Berlin, Naples, Geneva, Liège, Zurich, Hamburg, Moscow, Taipei, Houston, San Francisco, New York, to name but a few.

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WHAT ?

We will create a lyrical center that will, in the long-term, become a place for dialogue, meeting, training and creation for musicians and artists involved in the realization of operas. It will promote artists and creators from the African continent, but also from around the world, in all the musical, dramatic, choreographic and artistic aspects relating to the production of operas.


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MISSION

Not the solution but part of the solution

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TRAINING

Regular courses for the improvement of classical music and vocal techniques.
Regular interpretation courses.
Awarding of scholarships for applicants wishing to continue their training in the Center.

A LYRICAL CENTER IN KINSHASA

We will create a lyrical center that will, in the long-term, become a place for dialogue, meeting, training and creation for musicians and artists involved in the realization of operas. It will promote artists and creators from the African continent, but also from around the world, in all the musical, dramatic, choreographic and artistic aspects relating to the production of operas.

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Vox Awards Singing competition, Kinshasa, 2021

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CONCERT & OPERA PRODUCTIONS

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9th December 2020 

Théâtre Mercelis, Brussels

 

CONCERT : "UN OPÉRA À CONSTRUIRE"

Mozart, Donizetti, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Lehar 

Young voices from RDC : Bernard ATY, Patrick KABONGO, Rosy KINTOKI,

Pascaline MEVANZA, LIonel MPIANA 

sing with famous Belgian opera singers : Marie-Noëlle de CALLATAY,

Anne CAMBIER, Alain GABRIEL, Isabelle KABATU, Thierry MIGLIORINI.

Piano : Annick GARSO & Pierre LIEMANS

4th February 2021

Chapelle de Boondael, Brussels

OPERA WORKSHOP

Don Giovanni, Il Trovatore, Turandot 

Isabelle KABATU, musical director, Stefano GIULIANI, stage director,

Anne CAMBIER, soprano, singing teacher, Thierry MIGLIORINI, masterclass,

Annick GARSO, pianist 

Young artists :

Bernard ATY, Rosy KINTOKI, Pascaline MEVANZA.

(with participation from 2 children Roxane & Ronaël SELEMANI )

 

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9th December 2021

SULTANI Hôtel, Kinshasa

 

Die ZAUBERFLÖTE

Mozart

First opera production of Opera Terre d'Orage

with 60 young African opera singers, musicians and designers 

21st to 27th june 2022

Centre Wallonie Bruxelles, Kinshasa

 

MASTERCLASS

with Isabelle KABATU, Stefano GIULIANI

Video conferencies : Thierry MIGLIORINI, José VAN DAM

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2nd & 3rd  December 2022

Centre Wallonie Bruxelles , Kinshasa

 

GIULIO CESARE

Haendel

Second opera production of Opera Terre d'Orage

with 80 young African opera singers, musicians and designers 

 

PRODUCTIONS

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Kinshasa, D.R.C.

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Luxuria Musica Chamber Orchestra

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Belcanto Choir

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Sharing daily dinner

    Music rehearsal

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Magic Flute, 2021

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Magic Flute, 2021

Stage rehearsal

Costume fitting

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Maxime Selemani, Nicole Sulu, Isabelle Kabatu,
Cecilia Zoppelletto, Stefano Giuiliani

Mr & Mrs Johan Indekeu, Ambassador of Belgium,
Jean-Philippe Waterschoot, TEXAF, Belord Mulopo, actor

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YOUR GIFT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE​​
 
OPERA TERRE D’ORAGE 
IBAN : BE43 0682 3374 8001           BIC : GKCCBEBB 
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KING BAUDOUIN FONDATION
IBAN :  BE 10 0000 0000 0404                BIC : BPOTBEB1
Opéra Terre d'Orage (Fonds Opéra Terre d'Orage) | BonneCauses.be (bonnescauses.be)


 



 

Chéri Chérin

SPONSORS

CHANIC, Commune de Ixelles, Commune de Rixensart, Compagnie Sucrière, Fondation Roi Baudouin FRB, Groupe FORREST International. IMPERIAL DIAMOND, KITAMBO,  PointCulture, PULLMANN Hotel, Kinshasa, SORIAC, STAGE.ONE  Strategic Legacy Ventures, SULTANI Hôtel, TEXAF, TEXAF Bilembo, STRATEGOS, Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie TRM, VOX AWARDS, Wallonie Bruxelles International WBI,Pianos WAUTERS, 

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