Joburg’s Best Opera Venues


We get it, opera is an acquired taste. But, we also know that there are tons of fans of the genre out in Joburg. Keep the art of opera alive by visiting the city’s top venues for a little drama, music and great talent. 

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Joburg Theatre

The Mandela Stage at Joburg Theatre is one of the largest in the city. Seating 2,000 audience members, the Mandela Theatre is ideal for opera, musicals and ballet. The red velvet embellishments of this theatre similarly add to the air of opulence and drama. Having staged the great classics including La Traviata and Carmen, Joburg Theatre is a must-visit for opera lovers.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page and website for upcoming shows.

Details: 0861 670 670 | 163 Civic Boulevard, Braamfontein, Johannesburg | info@joburgtheatre.com

The Teatro at Montecasino

The Teatro at Montecasino has hosted the MTN Opera Jewels concert for four consecutive years. The 2019 edition saw tenor Levy Sekgapane unleash his vocal power alongside the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. The Teatro’s magnificent architecture hearkens back to the heydays of the opera scene. The grand staircases which lead into the auditorium also give one a sense of theatre greatness. Deck yourself out in fancy dress the next time you visit!

The 2020 MTN Opera Jewels concert should take place between March and April. Watch out for updates on the Montecasino website.

Details: +27 11 510 7398  | 1 Montecasino Boulevard, Montecasino, Fourways, Johannesburg

Nebula Cinemas

Nebula Cinemas is the official home of the Royal Opera House in Johannesburg. They recently made a move from Delta Park to the CineCentre at Killarney Mall, to bring opera fans the very best international theatre with stunning clarity and sound. Their second venue in Benoni is much more niche, catering to smaller audiences. However, this micro theatre still delivers the grandeur and emotion of the Royal Opera, despite its size.

The 2020 Royal Opera House season promises to have you right on the edge of your seat, performing La Traviata, La Boheme, Don Giovanni, Don Pasquale and ElektraDon’t miss out on these world class performances!

Follow Nebula Cinemas on Facebook or visit their website for show lineups.

Details: 011 425 2371 |

Linder Auditorium

The Linder Auditorium is the official home of the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Performing year round, the JPO often partners with the best local and operatic voices to bring audiences a magical symphony of sound. The orchestra is currently showcasing their Spring Season 2019, which is on until Friday, 15 November 2019. However, if you can’t make it to these shows, you can look forward to the annual Christmas with Richard Cock experience, featuring the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg and Johannesburg Festival Orchestra. Joined on stage by tenor Siyabongo Maqungo, this Christmas concert isn’t your typical carols by candlelight.

Click here for more information about this event.

Details: 011 717 3223/3007 | Education Campus, University of the Witwatersrand, 27 St Andrews Road, Parktown, Johannesburg | anneline.maasdorp@wits.ac.za

UJ Arts Centre

If young operatic talent is what you are looking for, then search no further than the UJ Arts Centre. Championed by the Dean of the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, baritone Federico Freschi, the young tenors and sopranos take over the stage. Hosting the faculty’s A Grand Night For Singing concert, the UJ Arts Centre offers students a platform to showcase their talents. Combining opera, song and dance, these concerts feature acclaimed guest musicians as well as the renowned UJ Choir.

Check out the UJ Arts Centre website for upcoming student shows.

Details: 011 559 4674 | UJ Kingsway Campus, Corner of Kingsway Ave and University Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg | ujarts@uj.ac.za

SA State Theatre

Sometimes, you have to travel to experience the best opera the country has to offer. The SA State Theatre in Pretoria is the home of South African opera. Their mission is to promote South African opera – composed, written and performed by South Africans. Bringing the medium to new audiences, and ultimately keeping the art form alive with a new generation of adoring fans.

You can travel to the SA State Theatre via the Gautrain, so there is no need to stress about traffic. Follow them on Facebook for news and updates.

Details: 012 392 4139 | 320 Pretorius Street, Pretoria, Gauteng | klaas@statetheatre.co.za

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Brooklyn Theatre

Another Pretoria opera venue worth visiting is the Brooklyn Theatre. Home of the Gauteng Philharmonic Orchestra, Brooklyn Theatre stages two full opera productions a year. Local and international singers are joined by the GPO in a bid to keep opera alive and thriving. Kicking off their 2020 season, Brooklyn Theatre presents Mozart’s The Magic FluteHailed as one of the greatest operas ever written, The Magic Flute transcends time and social boundaries to touch the hearts of all who see it. There will only be four performances of this production, so make sure to book your tickets as early as possible.

Details: (012) 460 6033 | Greenlyn Village Centre, Shop 21/Theatre, C/o Thomas Edison and 13th Streets, Menlo Park, Pretoria | admin@brooklyntheatre.co.za

Do you know of any other opera venues in the city? Let us know about them! 

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