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Hilde Roos

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520299887

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520299887.001.0001

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We Live to Serve: A Demimonde before Art

We Live to Serve: A Demimonde before Art


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La Traviata Affair

Hilde Roos

University of California Press

Chapter 1 deals with the twenty-five years that preceded Eoan’s first performance of Verdi’s La Traviata, in 1956, a period during which the group consolidated its existence as a cultural and welfare organization in District Six and other colored residential areas in the Cape Peninsula. This period saw the drafting of the group’s constitution, which set the tone for how management, operational policy, and the group’s stance on politics were to influence opera production and human resources within the group in later years. Special attention is given to the trajectory along which the Eoan Group choir developed into an amateur opera company.

Keywords:   District Six, cultural organization, Eoan, colored politics, Helen Southern-Holt

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