Ten years after “U-Carmen eKhayelitsha,”
the Isango Ensemble’s vibrant South African spin on Georges Bizet, triumphed at the Berlinale, their return to the classic opera canon is a more muted affair all around. Revisiting the impoverished Cape Flats, “Breathe Umphefumlo”
smartly situates Puccini’s “La Boheme”
in the context of the country’s still-raging tuberculosis pandemic, but can’t quite make it ...