Live Concerts 2021

January 2021: Songs at the Cellar Door

Songs by Joni Mitchell, Kate Bush and Sting.

Dates: 11 & 18 December 2020 and 8, 15 & 22nd January 2021.
Venue: Cellar door pop-up dining room, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
Cost: R795pp

Big Yellow Taxi self-accompanied with my little 19th century guitar
February 2021: A Few of my Favourite Things

Songs by Norah Jones, arias by Donizetti and hits from Broadway; presented in a Cabaret Style.

Date: 10 January 2021 @ 12pm
Venue: Art Gallery of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek, Western Cape, South Africa.
Concert only: R150pp
Concert with lunch: R550pp

Sound of Music Medley self-accompanied on my little 19th century guitar
March 2021: Unlocked by Carol Thorns & Deborah Wai Kapohe
April 2021: Serenades by Deborah Wai Kapohe

Serenades is a modern twist on the 19th Century practice of self-accompanying operatic arias. The 45 minute show includes opera, stories and popular music. Suitable for all ages. Tickets are now free because the concert is online (yes…another Covid-19 casualty).

Serenades by Deborah Wai Kapohe – Virtual – Eventfinda

May 2021: Mother’s Day Concert by Carol Thorns & Deborah Wai Kapohe
July 2021: Cabaret style guitar & voice lunchtime concert

August 2021
Bach to Broadway

Classical Cabaret at its finest….the University of Otago’s School of Performing Arts, Te Kāhui Tau, welcome you to join Professor Terence Dennis, Dr Heleen du Plessis, Dr Tessa Romano and alumna Deborah Wai Kapohe for an entertaining 45 minutes of opera, instrumental music and song from Bach to Broadway.

August 11. Marama Hall, University of Otago, Dunedin. Lunchtime.

Serenades by Deborah Wai Kapohe
Guitar and Voice Recital

Saturday September 11th 2021, Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Whanganui, New Zealand, 4.30pm. Cabaret Style Guitar and Voice Performance. 45 minutes in length. Sponsored by the Whanganui District Council’s Creative Communities Scheme.

Tickets available here:

Speaker for the Sarjeant

Deborah Wai Kapohe: “My singing journey during the South African Lockdown”.Sunday 12 September, 2021 at 4.30pm

During South Africa’s Covid-19 Lockdown, one of the longest in the world, Deborah Wai Kapohe began The Lilli Lehmann Project, an intense study of Opera Singers at the turn of the 20th Century. Join us to hear about Deborah’s experiences so far and her immersion in the recordings, singing books and writings of some of the most noted singers the world has ever produced. The talk will feature demonstrations. Tickets: $15, Gallery Friends & Stars $12

An example of the ‘twist’ on Bel Canto singing – combining old and new practices
September 2021: St Andrews on the Terrace Lunchtime Series.

September 23rd 2021. Serenades by Deborah Wai Kapohe. 40 minutes, Lunchtime.

October 2021: Hihī/A song of our place: Te Tairāwhiti Arts Festival 2021

Friday 8th October 2021, Saturday 9th October 2021 at 6pm (TBC)

August 2022: Orchestra Wellington – more details soon
November 2022: Tracing Porpora

Tracing Porpora is a concert which features the extraordinarily beautiful, but difficult, music of Nicola Antonia Porpora, the great, great, great, great, great, grand daddy of the vocal technique I pursue and adore. This concert traces his legacy. Music includes exquisite arias by Porpora, Handel, Mozart, Donizetti and Puccini.

  • Rescheduled to November 2022 due to Covid-19 travel delays, Christchurch Transitional Cathedral Lunchtime Series, Christchurch, New Zealand. I am delighted to be accompanied by Dr John Linker, Director of Music, Christchurch Transitional Cathedral.
2022: 19th Century Guitar and Voice

19th Century Guitar and Voice focusses on authentic 19th Century arias and songs for the combination of voice and guitar. The programme features Bel Canto arias and songs by the famous 19th Century guitarist Fernando Sor, including a selection of his Seguidillas, as well as arrangements of famous songs such as “The Last Rose of Summer” by Madame Pratten and well-known songs by Schubert. The programme also includes Deborah’s arrangements of 19th Century Opera.

  • POSTPONED until 2022 due to Covid-19 travel delays, St Andrews on the Terrace Lunchtime Series, Wellington, New Zealand.
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