‘A great place to spend time’

The above statement was recently made by guests who stayed at Casta Diva Boutique Hotel. Nestled on the northern side of the Magaliesberg mountain, guests are hardly ever disappointed. With summer on its way, relaxing alongside the half-Olympic-size swimming pool will give you a sense of paradise as you enjoy the sunshine and mountain views with a glass of wine. Casta Diva’s beautifully maintained garden (just under two hectares) offers an almost fairy-tale escape as you wander through the tropical vegetation. With the excellent Charisma Restaurant on the premises, you can conveniently take a culinary adventure without even leaving the property. The general consensus among guests is that the food is ‘excellent’, and there is a wide variety of dishes to choose from. Not to mention the attentive service provided by the hosts. For wine lovers, there is a delicious selection to choose from. There are also several exciting performances to look forward to at their intimate Vissi d’Arte Theatre this September.

Spring Baritones featuring Thabang Senekal and Dikgang Mantoro, accompanied by our magical piano.
     As the new season sets in, these two baritones will make you feel revived and rejuvenated with songs like ‘Bésame Mucho’, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’, ‘Because’ and opera aria favourites like ‘Eri tu’, ‘Si puo?’ and many more. The duo met in April 2004 while participating in Black Tie Ensemble’s incubator programme and have since been working hard on their vocal careers. Spring Baritones is exactly the same as they last sang it back in 2011, and have brought it back to the stage due to popular demand. After many phone calls and messages, these two baritones have felt it is time to bring the programme back and serenade audiences. The magnificent Casta Diva is the ideal venue to revive this wonderful programme as it has always been a warm host of classical performances, and one of the few places that gave them a space to develop their artistic talent. Performance date: 2 September at 15:00.

La Voz Humana by Aukse Trinkunas, accompanied by Paul Ferreira.
     Lithuanian born mezzo-soprano Aukse Trinkunas and collaborative pianist Paul Ferreira join forces to take you on un viaje musical (a musical journey) through Europe and the Americas.
     This delightful programme will include audience favourites like Carmen’s ‘Seguidilla’ (Bizet) and Dalila’s ‘Mon cœur s’ouvre à ta voix’ (Saint-Saëns), as well as less frequently performed gems such as songs by Francis Poulenc, Sergei Rachmaninoff and Kurt Weill.
     Patrons can also look forward to piano solos by Erik Satie and Anton Rubinstein as well as the Cuban song cycle Cinco canciónes negras by the Spanish composer Xavier Montsalvatge. Performance date: 9 September at 15:00.

All Jazzed Up by Tonya Koenderman.
     The year is 1939. The place is New Orleans. And the streets are alive with jazz – Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra. The world was at war, and people were depressed, disillusioned, and poverty-stricken. But extreme times usually call for extreme creativity and self-expression – some of the greatest songs of all time were written during this period. Come and enjoy a laid-back evening with acclaimed cabaret artist Tonya Koenderman, and sing along to some great jazz classics. Koenderman adds her own spice and sparkle to the likes of ‘Autumn Leaves’, ‘My Funny Valentine’, ‘Dream a Little Dream’, ‘L-O-V-E’, ‘At Last’, ‘Cry Me a River’, and a host of others. Performance date: 22 September at 19:30.

To book, email info@castadiva.co.za, or phone / Whatsapp 081 542 4449.