Imperial Vienna Orchestra to perform one-off concert of A Trip To Africa operetta in Norwich on 3rd December


Die Afrikareise (1883) – A Comic Opera in 3 Acts

Music by Franz von Suppé

Lyrics and text by Emil Schwab, Hannah Salvi and Dario Salvi

Original German libretto and Lyrics by Moritz West and Richard Genée

The Imperial Vienna Orchestra will host a concert performance of A Trip to Africa at the Maddermarket Theatre in Norwich on Saturday 3rd December 2016.

This will be the British premiere, and first performance of the operetta worldwide since 1922, when it was last performed in Parma, Italy.

It will be sung in English, and the libretto – published by Cambridge Scholars – will be available in English at the performance.

The concert performance will include all of the music, with an original narration and costumes.

Tickets are £20 (£18 concessions) and are available now. The book is available through Cambridge Scholars and Amazon, and a 20% discount is available when purchasing through Cambridge Scholars’ website by entering the code trip20 at checkout.

The backstory

triptoafrica1A couple of years ago, Dario came across an intriguing piece of music called A Trip to Africa Polka, which he wanted to perform with the orchestra. He began researching its origins and found very little on the operetta from which it was taken. So began months of research into where and when it had been performed and, most importantly, where the rest of the musical score could be found.

After scouring archives and enlisting the help of contacts within the world of Viennese music, he came across the University of Wisconsin-Madison who, quite remarkably, had the entire operetta, including musical scores, parts, scripts and promptbooks filed away in a box in the basement of their library.

Over the following months, the University worked tirelessly to scan each document and send them over to Dario for studying. It soon became apparent that they had all of the material needed to enable us to perform the operetta in its entirety, however it needed countless corrections and editing as the documentation was all hand-written.

We are now at the stage where all of the music has been restored and digitised, and all of the scripted material has been compiled into a unique libretto. Several of the pieces from the operetta have been tested in a concert setting with the orchestra and have been received very well.

Find out more about the operetta by clicking on the links below.

Roles and Characters

Andrew Inglis in the role of MIRADILLO – An impecunious European (Tenor)

Selina Hawker in the role of TITANIA FANFANI – The Heiress (Soprano)

Bob Arnett in the role of FANFANI PASHA – Uncle of Titania (Baritone/Comedian)

Djinh Kamei in the role of ANTARSID – Prince of the Maronites (Tenor)

Rebecca Hunt in the role of TESSA – A young milliner from Palermo (Mezzo/Soubrette)

Felicity Devonshire in the role of BUCCAMETTA – Mother of Tessa (Alto/Character)

Dhilan Gnanadurai in the role of PERICLES – A hotel keeper (Bass)

Fearghus Cooper in the role of NAKID – A Coptic dealer in poisons and perfumes (Tenor/Comedian) and A MUEZZIN (Baritone)

Samantha Hawkins in the role of SEBIL – An Abyssinian slave (Alto)

The Octagon Singers in the role of the CHORUS – Maronites, Hotel Servants, Guests of Fanfani, Slave Traders, Muleteers, Dancers, Bedouins, Greek and Arabian People.




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