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Opera will tell Winnie Mandela’s life story

The life of South Africa's most famous and controversial woman is being adapted for a new opera, to open next year in Pretoria.

Winnie: The Opera will chronicle the transformation of Winnie Mandikizela-Mandela from heroine of the anti-Apartheid struggle to courtroom villain.

“She is the perfect operatic |character. The highs and lows |of her life are too big for a |normal dramatic story,” said the work's producer and librettist Warren Wilensky.

“It's not about a grand |heroine, it's about real life and humanity.

“She was there at a difficult time with no support and came |to personify the struggle.

“We're trying to tell a fully rounded story that I don't think has been told before.”

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