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date: 19 November 2019

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City in the Republic of South Africa. It contains the headquarters of the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal (PACT), which was established in 1963 and is responsible for opera and ballet performances in the Transvaal. Opera was first given at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre and at the Aula in Pretoria. Since its opening in 1981 the Opera, a 1322-seat theatre in the State Theatre complex in Pretoria, has become the principal venue for opera. Generally, seven productions, including one musical, are given throughout the year. On 24 November 1988 The Fall of the House of Usher, a one-act opera by the South African composer Hendrik Hofmeyr, received its première at the Arena, a small experimental part of the State Theatre. The PACT orchestra was founded in 1965, and in 1987 it merged with the National SO to form the National Orchestra. In 1991 this orchestra split again, into the National SO of the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Transvaal Philharmonic (for PACT). Through its Opera for Youth programme, school tours are also undertaken by PACT. An opera school is attached to the Pretoria Technicon’s School of Performing Arts....

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