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.”