"...they create a visually spectacular production that pushes the boundaries of

standard classical performance without compromising on quality and artistic integrity."

Marina Griebenow, freelance arts writer

REINVENTING CLASSICAL MUSIC IN SOUTH AFRICA:

CONCEPT CONCERTS, THEATER MUSIC & NEW OPERA

    BIBLIOTEEK was born in 2010 as a creative platform for musicians, directors, composers, choreographers and designers to collaborate and explore the reinvention of classical music in South Africa. At the helm of this production company is well-known soprano and director Magdalene Minnaar, who saw the need to create more work for artists. The focus of BIBLIOTEEK’s productions is also to grow a bigger, younger and more diverse classical audience.


    BIBLIOTEEK continuously strives to create and commission new South African works, including operas, song cycles and cabarets, cultivating new talent in the process. Since its foundation BIBLIOTEEK has been nominated for several awards, including a Kanna (Best Debut Production), WoordTROfees (Best Classical Production), KykNet Fiesta (Best Classical Performance) and Aardklop Aartvark (Ground-breaking work) as well as winning the prize as “Best Overall Production” for the opera Poskantoor at Aardklop 2014.


    These productions have been showcased across South Africa to a wide audience ranging from arts festivals to community performances and high-brow classical soirée's.


    BIBLIOTEEK’s mission is to collaborate with artists of all genres, races, ages, nationalities and abilities; experimenting with milieus, genres and timbres - exploring new ways to present forgotten music, heirloom ways to improve new music, and challenging and entertaining our audiences with quality, creativity and beauty; to develop raw talent in our local schools & communities through workshops, and to serve our community by bringing the music to them.


WE LOVE  COLLABORATING
with composers, writers, directors, choreographers and artists 
of all genders, races, ages, nationalities and abilities



WE LOVE GIVING BACK
 to serve our community by bringing the music to them & to develop raw talent in our local schools and communities through workshops



WE LOVE EXPERIMENTING
with milieus, genres and timbres, exploring new ways to present forgotten music, heirloom ways to improve new music, and challenging and entertaining our audiences 
with quality, creativity and beauty
ABOUT

MAGDALENE MINNAAR

FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Magdalene Minnaar has been hailed a “musical rebel” by the press, mostly due to her mission to re-invent the face of Classical Music in South Africa. She is an opera singer, director, producer, and musical entrepreneur with many accolades under her belt. As performer career highlights include performing the female lead in the international touring production of Show Boat and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as singing with Josh Groban on his recent international “Stages” tour. She will make her international debut directing a new South African musical in 2017.

www.magdaleneminnaar.com

THE TEAM

JAKO KRIGE

PUBLIC RELATIONS

After completing his studies, Jako became a correspondent for the newspaper Beeld. He furthered his career as producer and presenter at etv's breakfast show, “Morning Edition” (now “Sunrise on e”). After more than four years at the public broadcaster working in television and radio news, he started working for Idea Candy,which launched the colourful KykNet breakfast programme “Dagbreek”, and later the late night news programme, “KNVerslag”. Jako now works as freelance communications consultant.

JOSE DIAS

MUSICAL DIRECTOR

Jose Dias, originally form Portugal, came to South Africa to further his piano studies in 2003. In 2007 Jose Dias took up a position as Vocal Coach, Accompanist and Repetiteur at Cape Town Opera and moved to South Africa on a permanent basis. He is currently completing a PhD (Dmus) in Solo Performance at the University of Cape Town under the supervision of Prof. Francois du Toit and Prof. Hendrik Hofmeyr. Jose has been a part of the Biblioteek team since 2012, as musical director of the award-winning Poskantoor, Waansin and many other original productions.

LOUISA THEART

CO-PRODUCER & SOCIAL MEDIA

Louisa graduated from UCT with a BMUS in 2009, having been placed on the Dean’s Merit List for academic excellence. She went on to graduate from the Royal College of Music in London with an MMUS in Performance in 2012, also studying with world renowned flute pedagogue Trevor Wye. Louisa is also a passionate teacher and currently freelances for the Cape Philharmonic Orhcestra. www.louisatheartflute.com

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