Sunnyboy Dladla

Sunnyboy Dladla

Der südafrikanische Tenor Sunnyboy Dladla studierte an der Universität von Kapstadt sowie dem South African College of Music. Von 2012 bis 2014 gehörte er zum Ensemble des Internationalen Opernstudios des Opernhauses Zürich. Dort übernahm er u. a. Rollen wie Arturo / LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR, Dorvil / LA SCALA DI SETA, Nick / LA FANCIULLA DEL WEST, Paolino / IL MATRIMONIO SEGRETO und Il Conte di Libenskof / IL VIAGGIO A REIMS.

Gastengagements führten ihn als Belfiore / IL VIAGGIO A REIMS zum Pesaro Rossini Festival, als Basilio und Curzio / LE NOZZE DI FIGARO an das Theater an der Wien, als Don Ramiro / LA CENERENTOLA an die Opera North, die Oper Leipzig und die Staatsoper Stuttgart, als Osiride / MOSÈ IN EGITTO zu den Bregenzer Festspielen, als Aronne / MOSÈ IN EGITTO an die Oper Köln und als die vier Dienerrollen in HOFFMANNS ERZÄHLUNGEN an die Dutch National Opera. Er debütierte 2018 bei den BBC Proms mit dem London Symphony Orchestra in den Rollen von Teekanne/Altes Männchen/Frosch (L’ENFANT ET LES SORTILÈGES).

Seit der Spielzeit 2018/19 war er Mitglied des Ensembles am Theater Dortmund, wo er u. a. Rollen wie Pong / TURANDOT, Alphonse / LA MUETTE DE PORTICI und Alvaro / FERNAND CORTEZ übernahm. Die Rolle des Graf Almaviva / IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA spielte er bereits an der Deutschen Oper Berlin, der Nationaloper Bukarest, der Oper Stuttgart, der Oper Dortmund, dem Hessischen Staatstheater Wiesbaden, der Den Norske Opera in Oslo sowie beim Rossini Opera Festival.

Seit der Spielzeit 2020/21 ist Sunnyboy Dladla Ensemblemitglied der Staatsoper Hannover und war dort als Graf Almaviva in DER BARBIER VON SEVILLA, als Ferrando in COSÌ FAN TUTTE sowie in Brittens THE TURN OF THE SCREW sowie als Cassio in Verdis OTELLO zu erleben.


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Advents-Verlosung: Das 2. Fensterchen

In today's Advent calendar window, we are giving away 3 DVDs of "Der Schatzgräber" - an opera in a prelude, four acts and a postlude by Franz Schreker. If you would like to win one of the three DVDs, please send an e-mail today with the subject "The 2nd window" to

DER SCHATZGRÄBER (THE TREASURE HUNTER) by Franz Schreker was a triumph at its world premiere in Frankfurt in 1920 and went on to play 44 times at assorted venues over the next five years. It then fell victim to a shifting zeitgeist and slipped from opera-house programmes, with a National Socialist ban on performances sealing its demise. Even after 1945 the Schreker revival was a long time coming – and THE TREASURE HUNTER has not featured prominently in the renaissance.

As with the vast majority of Schreker’s libretti, the story of Els and Elis explores the relationship between fantasy and reality, between art and life. Soulmates in the sense that they are both at the mercy of the king’s disposition, Els and Elis set off in search of different treasures. Elis, the minstrel, uses his magic lute to locate a stash of jewels and do humanity a good turn. Els, an innkeeper’s daughter who has grown up motherless in a tough, male-chauvinist world, becomes a liar, cheat and murderess in pursuit of her goal, tasking her suitors to steal the queen’s jewels and then having them killed once they have returned with the haul of treasure. Yet even with the gold in their possession, the pair are not content, and so, true to form, Schreker turns his attention to the theme of yearning per se, which is the actual “treasure” that the composer is interested in, “a dream of happiness and redemption”. Elis and Els are caught up in a swirl of dreams, memories, premonitions, songs and music. Their stories take on a dreamlike quality in a world beset by greed, murder and emotional inconstancy. For Franz Schreker the path to redemption could only be via art. Composed during the turmoil of the First World War, the TREASURE HUNTER score amounts to Schreker’s personal confession of artistic faith, executed in florid strokes of late-Romantic musical colour.

Conductor Marc Albrecht; Staging Christof Loy; Set design Johannes Leiacker; Costume design Barbara Drosihn; With Tuomas Pursio, Doke Pauwels, Clemens Bieber, Michael Adams, Joel Allison, Michael Laurenz, Thomas Johannes Mayer, Seth Carico, Daniel Johansson, Gideon Poppe, Stephen Bronk, Elisabet Strid, Patrick Cook, Tyler Zimmerman a. o.; Chorus and Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Closing date: 2 December 2023, the winners will be informed by email on 4 December 2023. The DVDs will then be sent by post. Legal recourse is excluded.