Of the Botswana premiere, Pauline McLean, BBC Arts Correspondent writes:
Lady Macbeth - played by Tshenolo Segokgo - is wonderfully entertaining, flirting and plotting among the baboons and her aria Do Not Fear To Close Your Eyes is one of the most memorable and moving of the show. Tshenolo is one of the few singers in the show who is actually pursuing a career in opera, having just finished a two year course at a French conservatoire. Lizibo Glenn Simon rises to the occasion with a Macbeth which captures beautifully the shallow arrogance of his character, goaded into action by his lady. The chorus too provide some wonderfully moving moments, not least in the aria they sing on the death of Duncan, a soaring heart-felt song which shakes the tin roof with its final anthem - "oh great Kalahari, oh wide Okavango, oh Africa".
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New opera doesn’t get any better than Cunningham and McCall Smith’s The Okavango Macbeth, instantly accessible, incredibly melodic, The Public Reviews
14th August 2013.
This adaptation of Shakespeare’s Macbeth is stunning. Beautifully staged and a quite unforgettable experience, this show will have you singing and dancing your way out of the theatre, It’s strong, powerful and utterly enjoyable. ***** Three Weeks Edinburgh
30th August 2013.
5-star Review The Scotsman, 22nd April 2011
www.bachtrack.com Review, 20th April 2011
Caledonian MercuryReview, 20th April 2011
Classics Unwrapped "gig of the week"BBC Radio Scotland, 17th April 2011
Culture Cafe interviewBBC Radio Scotland, 12th April 2011
A monkey out of Macbeth,The Economist, 14th May 2010.
Baboon Macbeth is a No. 1 opera,The Sunday Times, 9th May 2010.
Shakespeare gets some catchy tunes as African opera charms for charity,The Scotsman, 6th May 2010.
Dovecot overrun by baboons as No.1 Ladies' opera heads for capital,The Scotsman, 24th April 2010.
Operatic trills rise from Botswana bush, Los Angeles Times, 18th November 2009.
Shakespeare's MacBeth meets Africa in Botswana's opera, AFP (Agence France Presse), 8th November 2009.
Out of Africa, coming here - Macbeth as you've never seen it before, The Scotsman, 20th October 2009.
McCall Smith makes monkey out of Macbeth,The Independent, 19th October 2009.
'Okavango Macbeth' is Botswana's first opera,Variety, 18th October 2009.
Monkey business in Macbeth,The National (UAE), 14th October 2009.
The Number 1 Ladies' Opera House, BBC Radio 4, 13th October 2009.
Premiere for writer's opera, BBC News 9th October 2009 (video).
Spellbinding,The Midweek Sun (Botswana), 7th October 2009.
Detective Agency creator's first opera, BBC News, 5th October 2009 (video).
'Scots' opera gets Botswana treatment, BBC News, 4th October 2009.
McCall-Smith returns to Botswana with surreal version of Macbeth,The Observer, 4th October 2009.
African opening for 'Scots' opera,BBC News, 3rd October 2009.
Ready to rock 'n' roll, Mmegi (Botswana), 2nd October 2009.
Alexander McCall Smith: The opera,The Scotsman, 2nd September 2009.