The Brit Award winning and nominated, BLAKE joined by popular opera star CORTES-four of the most gifted male vocalists in the world, will come together to bring to South Africa, four concerts combining the very best of Opera, classical, musicals and pop harmony.
Some of the best loved classical cross over music ever written, masterfully arranged and expertly performed, to create a magical evening. Mixing pop, rock and classical anthems with rich harmony vocals, British ‘boy band’ BLAKE launched their first album in 2007.
The public embraced their debut album immediately, with over 100,000 copies being sold in just three weeks and earning the group their first Gold Disc. The music industry followed in early 2008, when the album received the prestigious Brit-Award for Album of the Year, a huge honour for a group still less than a year old.
Since that time their music has achieved remarkable success. Their upbeat version of ‘Swing Low’ was chosen as the Official Anthem of England Rugby for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. In 2008 their highly anticipated 2nd album, And So It Goes was released and went straight in at number 12 in the UK pop charts and Number 1 in several classical charts around the world.
Joining BLAKE on their debut South African Tour, is the ‘James Bond’ of classical music, CORTES an Icelandic tenor that was born into a musical family and trained as a singer in Vienna, Copenhagen and London. He has performed various leading tenor roles in operas, as well as a leading part in The Phantom of the Opera in London's West End. His debut album in the UK, titled Cortes, was released on 16 April 2007 and entered the UK classical chart at number 1.
For Johannesburg, BLAKE and CORTES will be accompanied by the Johannesburg
Philharmonic Orchestra .
For the Cape Town shows, the Distinguished Stellenbosch Camerata Orchestra will accompany BLAKE and CORTES for this stellar line up of the finest of classic crossover singers in the world.
Performances are on the 20th and 21st June 2014 at 20:00 at the Cape Town Convention Centre.
Performances in Johannesburg on the 27th and 28th June 2014 at 20:00 at Emperors Palace.