Enchanting audiences year after year, the FNB Starlight Pop Opera was hosted at
the Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga in KwaZulu Natal on 6 and 7 August. Headliner
Patrizio Buanne, the Neapolitan-Austrian baritone singer, songwriter and producer,
along with local South African artists such as Arno Carstens, were accompanied by
the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra.

The event is a gift from First National Bank to their top 1 500 clients where all
service providers rise to the occasion to provide an extraordinary evening. For the
fifth consecutive year, EPH Production were proud to supply the full technical while
lighting designer Johan Ferreira from BF Production Services created tender
moments on a grandMA2 light. The lighting rig consisted of 10 x Robe Pointe, 18 x
Robin 600 LEDWash, 12 x Robin 1000 LEDBeam, 10 x Robin 100 LEDBeam, 24 Clay
Paky Sharpy and 6 MAC 401 Dual LED wash.

Ferreira valued every fixture on the rig. “I used the 12 x Robin 1000 LEDBeams as
FOH and for backlight. Because of the massive zoom and incredible output of these
fixtures I know that I am well covered. For backlight I used them as a full back
wash and also as beams on some of the items. Versatility in any fixture is very
important and the Robin 1000 LEDBeam delivers.’

The Pointes and Sharpy fixtures were used as beam and effects lighting on the
stage with some of the Sharpy units positioned on speaker towers. “Both units are
multipurpose, fast and bright ensuring the perfect emotion in any song. The Robin
100 LEDBeam were used from the sides. I always love this little fixture, it is small
enough to fit anywhere in the rig and powerful enough to create eye pleasing vivid

The classical dome structure which forms the stage is beautiful and has become
synonymous with the FNB Starlight Pop Opera. The only hurdle is that riggings is
not always easy and rigging points are limited.

Ferreira adds that working with Leon Pheiffer and the entire EPH team was
fantastic. “Every member took care to ensure that my design was executed in time
and with perfection,’ he explains. “We did not have a lot of time to get the entire
rig up and running but thanks to the motivated crew we were show ready well
before the first full rehearsal with the orchestra and international artists.’

For Leon Pheiffer this is one of his favourite events too, and he never stops enjoying
the privilege of working with talented artists and enhancing their natural talent with

The show’s programme featured the enormously talented KZN Philharmonic
Orchestra, Amira Willighagen (the Dutch child classical crossover singer who won
the sixth season of Holland’s Got Talent in 2013 at the age of nine), Clermont
Community Choir, Sterling EQ (an all-woman classical group from South Africa),
Corlea, Arno Carstens, Thandiswa Mazwai (multi-award winning musician and lead
vocalist and songwriter), the Playhouse Dance Company, Dance Duo, Bongani
Tembe and Linda Bukhosini.