Opera singing Uber driver to s

Menzi Mngoma – Tenor

Opera singing Uber driver to star in ‘A Night at the Opera’ in Cape Town

It will take place on 20 July at 19h30 at the Baxter Concert Hall.

Opera singing Uber driver to s

Menzi Mngoma – Tenor

The Durban opera singing Uber driver, Menzi Mngoma (tenor), went viral on Facebook recently, due to the posting of one of his appreciative clients, Ms Kim Davey. This led to an audition with Voices of South Africa Opera Singing Competition, and several engagements throughout the country.

Who will be performing?

The 27-year-old Menzi became an Uber driver in order to make ends meet, but he will be back on stage doing what he loves the most. Menzi has been invited to join the concert on 20 July which will feature a stellar line-up of South African opera singers, accompanied by pianist Kamal Khan.

Featured on the performance roster are previous Voices of South Africa winners, including amongst others, Violina Anguelov (Mezzo-soprano), Owen Metsileng (tenor), Bongiwe Nakani (mezzo-soprano) and Makudu Senoaona (tenor). Others in the line-up are Nozuko Teto (soprano), Goitsemang Lehobye (soprano) Leoui Rendsburg (Soprano) and Sipho Fubesi (tenor). 

Owen Metsileng has recently returned from participating in the Cardiff Singer of The World, where he debuted as a tenor after switching from singing as a baritone. Bongiwe Nakani is currently a house mezzo-soprano at the Vienna State Opera, where her repertoire includes leading roles in operas by Mozart, Verdi and Tchaikovsky amongst others. Makudu Senoaona is a successful freelance guest artist in Europe, Britain, Canada and the United States.

Durban-based Nozuko Teto has sung at the English National Opera in London, and in opera houses in Italy. Goitsemang Lehobye has just completed her Master’s degree in singing in Chicago and is based there while performing across the United States. Her most recent South African visit was highlighted in Bongani Ndodana-Brean’s latest composition, Harmonia Ubuntu.

Tenor Sipho Fubesi has returned to the opera stage after a break of four years as a businessman in South Africa. Fubesi has sung at the Royal Opera, Covent Garden, English National Opera, and Manchester Royal Opera, appearing as a guest artist extensively throughout Europe. Also featured in the concert line-up are Msimelelo Mbali (bass), Pumza Mxinwa (soprano) and Anè Pretorius (mezzo-soprano).

Host and presenter, Njabulo Madlala

Hosted and presented by the internationally acclaimed baritone Njabulo Madlala who, aside from his own illustrious professional accomplishments in British and European music circles over the past decade, has won wide respect for his work in fostering young South African classical singers abroad.

Announced as the Standard Bank Young Artist for Music in 2014, Madlala’s achievements in Britain include winning the 2010 Kathleen Ferrier Award in London’s Wigmore Hall, as well as winning the vocal round of the Royal Overseas League Competition in 2012. He was also awarded the Lorna Viol Memorial Prize and the Royal Overseas League Trophy for the most outstanding musician from overseas.

He will be joined by exceptionally talented colleagues in aid of Opera Voices of South Africa Project, an initiative dedicated to educating, mentoring and inspiring the next generation of opera stars out of Africa.

Details of the show

Support the Voices of South Africa project, while enjoying a beautiful evening of opera arias and ensembles by Mozart, Rossini, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet and more. The fundraising concert on 20 July takes place at 19h30, in the Baxter Concert Hall, Rondebosch.

Tickets from R100 are available through Webtickets at selected Pick n Pay outlets, or online: www.webtickets.co.za.

This concert is also on in London on 12 July and London supporters can book here.