Xolane Marman

Stage Director

Xolane Marman is a South African opera stage director and Founder & Artistic Director of SA Operatunity. He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate studies in Music Performance (Opera) at the University of Cape Town (South African College of Music), finishing his directing internship at the Nationaltheater Mannheim under the guidance of Claudia Plaßwich and gaining directing training with Claudia Blersch at the Opernhaus Zürich.
Xolane directed student productions at the University of Cape Town and was also an Assistant Director at the University of Cape Town for Le Nozze di Figaro and the Four:30 South African Operas (Blood of Mine and Bessie – The Blue-Eyed Xhosa). In 2017 he directed the UCT Opera Kaleidoscope Servants of Love, which included Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito extracts and full-scale intermezzo of Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona. He directed Il matrimonio segreto for the UCT Opera school in 2018, reviving it in 2019 at Baxter Theatre. In July 2018 Mr Marman was Assistant director to Ms Claudia Blersch from Zürich Opernhaus, in Cape Town Opera House, and UCT’s Don Pasquale production.
In December of 2018, Xolane joined the Opernhaus Zürich as trainee director in their production of Händel’s Semele, starring Cecilia Bartoli. In March 2019 he directed Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte for the Darling Opera Company, in July 2019 co-directing Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro for the Berlin Opera Academy, and in November 2020 – the Gianni Schicchi production for SA Operatunity at the ArtsCape Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa.
Xolane is running annual opera recital unmuted projects and opera semi-stage productions under the banner of SA Operatunity, an award winning arts organization based in Cape Town, South Africa.
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