South Africa is producing its fair share of superstars – in tech, in sport, in film and now in opera.
Just eight years since the internationally sought-after, Mpumulanga-born soprano Pretty Yende shot to fame after winning the influential Hans Gabor Belvedere prize, and four years since Cape Town Opera won the Best Chorus award at opera’s version of the Oscars, a young man from the Free State is making waves.
Levy Sekgapane claimed the top spot in the Belvedere Singing Competition in 2015, since when he has rapidly become one of the world’s most sought-after young Rossini tenors. He describes himself as a pianist, conductor, actor and singer, but it is definitely in the latter role that he is making his biggest mark on the world, triumphing in high-flying bravura roles in major opera houses including Munich, Copenhagen and Rome. Earlier this year he won first prize in Placido Domingo’s prestigious Operalia 2017 competition, just as Yende did before him.
Now Capetonians have a chance to hear Sekgapane headline a one night only Duet Gala Concert at the Artscape Opera House in support of the fundraising efforts of The Duet Endowment Trust, which was established by Wendy Ackerman in 2014 for the advancement and preservation of both the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Cape Town Opera.
Two other Belvedere-winning South African singers, soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu and baritone Mandla Mndebele, will star alongside Sekgapane, supported by an impressive line up of local singers and the Cape Town Opera Chorus.
Drawing inspiration from two of Sekgapane’s most admired roles, Count Almaviva in The Barber of Seville and Prince Ramiro in La Cenerentola, the Gala will feature a sparkling programme of arias, duets and ensembles from operas by Mozart, Rossini, Massenet and Richard Strauss.
Cape Town Opera’s Associate Music Director Tim Murray will conduct the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in this exciting highlight of Cape Town Opera’s 2017 season
Date: 24 October
Venue: Artscape Opera House
Cost: R200 – R400