School of Professional Studies

Documentary Screening: "Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing" Spotlights Rising Stars of The University of Cape Town Opera School

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 5:30PM - 9:00PM

Join us Tuesday, October 15 for a documentary screening of "Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing." The film will be previewed from 5:30-7:00PM, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director, Julie Cohen, from 7:00PM-7:45PM. A cocktail reception will follow in the Gilbane Garden Society of Sidney Frank Hall.

About the documentary:

Nearly two decades after the end of apartheid in South Africa, the nation struggles to fulfill the promise of a transformed society. Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live to Sing, following three gifted African singers studying at the University of Cape Town, is a new feature-length documentary by filmmaker Julie Cohen about the power of art to change perceptions and transform lives.

At the University of Cape Town’s once all-white opera school, both the struggle and promise are embodied in an enormously talented group of classical singers from the nation’s black townships. After the end of apartheid, the school opened its doors to black students, many of whom had learned opera in competitive community choirs in the townships, others there inspired by television advertisements. The wave of gifted singers who came to audition awed faculty members. The school, now comprised of two-thirds blacks and mixed race students, is achieving greater success than ever propelling students to world opera stages including The Metropolitan Opera in New York and La Scala in Milan.

This event is sponsored by Brown University Continuing Education and the Cogut Center for the Humanities.

Sidney Frank Hall, Room 220 (Nathan Marcuvitz Auditorium), 185 Meeting Street, Providence, RI