Isango Ensemble

Originating from the townships of South Africa, ISANGO Ensemble is hailed as "one of the world's greatest lyric theatre companies" by Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed. Performing in its freshly original and imagi­native musical theater style, ISANGO's work brings an intrinsic South Africa interpretation to repertoire encompassing the works of William Shakespeare, contemporary literature, and European classical operas. Having performed on the world's most iconic stages such as the Royal Opera Covent Garden, Shakespeare's Globe and extended runs in London's West End, Young Vic and Mackney Empire, the company has toured the world in­cluding America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and throughout Europe.

Premiered "Treemonisha", the world’s first opera conceived for non-white singers, in France 2022. Touring the US in 2024.

This Treemonisha is a totally extraordinary opera. The South African troupe Isango is absolutely stunning in its naturalness and professionalism, expressing great joy in singing and dancing. - Forum Opera
Packing enough energy to power a couple of national grids and enough decibels to lift several roofs…Exhilarating, vibrant, exuberant entertainment. - Review of The Magic Flute, The Times UK
The Isango Ensemble is unique. I believe no other theatre group in the world so successfully brings old theatre classics into a modern, wholly African expression. - Sir Ian McKellen, Isango Ensemble Patron
One of the world’s greatest lyric theatre companies. - Mark Swed, LA Times