about

“…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

BIBLIOTEEK PRODUCTIONS 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