Opera Recital – 19 May 2013

Nine years ago Musa Ngqungwana left the Eastern Cape with stars in his eyes and wonderful voice in his throat. He was determined to become a professional opera singer and with determination, dedication and ambition he started the pursuit of his dream.

Since then he has completed a Performers Diploma in opera (cum laude) at the South Africa college of Music in Cape Town and is currently a third year resident artist at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, USA. Along the way he was awarded bursaries from, amongst others, the Apollo Music Trust (2013), the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust (2011), and winner of the WBHO/Jan Kaminski Award (2010). He was awarded the prize of “Die Zeit” at the 29th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria, winner for the role of Ping at the International Turandot Competition organized by the International Institute for Opera and Poetry in 2009, and winner of the Schock Prize for Singing at the Baxter Theater in Cape Town in 2007.

Furthermore he has sung roles in numerous opera productions including Dottor Bartolo in IL Barbiere di Siviglia; Prince Gremin and Zaretsky in Eugene Onegin, Sancho Pança in Massenet”s Don Quichotte, Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, Golaud (Cover) in Pelléas et Mélisande, the title role in Oberto, the four villains Lindorf, Copéllius, Dr. Miracle and Dapertutto in Les Contes d”Hoffmann, Leporello and Commendatore in Don Giovanni, Count Waldner in Arabella and Talpa in Il tabarro.  Mr. Ngqungwana has also performed L’hotelier in Manon with Arts Cape Opera House, Ping in Turandot with Teatro Filarmonico (Verona), Priest in Cunning Little Vixen with ArtsCape Theater, the Governor’s Servant in Garwood’s Scarlett Letter with the Merriam Theater, and Lorenzo in  I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and Zuniga in Carmen with the Crested Butte Music Festival. His concert performances include the bass solo in Handel’s Messiah, Bach”s Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Brahms’ Requiem, Beethoven’s Christ on The Mount of Olives, Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Peter Van Dijk’s Windy City, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis and recently Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.

Following in the footsteps of other South African Singers recently impressing audiences at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York Musa was a national casino francais en ligne winner of the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A successful season of Un Ballo in Maschera in Philadelphia directly precedes Musa’s visit to South Africa and upcoming performances include a recital in June at The Flagstad festival in Oslo, Norway and he will be a fellow at the Ravinia Festival (Chicago IL.) in July.

Joining Musa on stage for casino online this recital at Hopefield Country House is Port Elizabeth based soprano Liske Potgieter.

Liske is masters’ student in vocal performance at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, where she studies voice with Lionel van Zyl.

In 2008, she casino Netherlands featured at the PE Opera House as Monica in NMMU Music Department’s production of the Menotti opera The Medium. In February 2010 she performed the soprano role in Bach’s St John’s Passion in Cape Town and Stellenbosch alongside renowned co-soloists, with the Würzburg Tiepolo Ensemble, the Kammerchor am Würzburger Dom and the Stellenbosch-based Schola Cantorum, and under the baton of German conductor Martin Berger. In 2010 and 2012 slots she toured Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland with the Eastern Cape Children’s slotmachines Choir, performing solo works in various cities. Following a high distinction in her grade 8 voice examination, she was invited to participate in the Unisa Bursary Competition in Pretoria in October 2010.

In 2011 she collaborated with pianist Mariel Ilusorio in a recital of Russian vocal music, performed in Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown, shared the stage with acclaimed South African tenor Stéfan Louw in Aria, a celebration of operatic aria and chorus hosted by the Port Elizabeth Oratorio Choir, and with pianist Christiaan Carstens in a recital of vocal music in Humansdorp. She also performed with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as soloist in their Youth Concerto Festival, and in their Carols by Candlelight programme, under the baton of Richard Cock. She completed a Trinity Performer’s Licentiate in that same year. In 2012 she completed her BMus degree through NMMU and a teacher’s licentiate in voice through Unisa, both cum laude.

Liske has received numerous accolades over the years, including winning the vocal section of the East Cape Youth Music Competition in 2007, NMMU merit bursaries for academic excellence throughout her undergraduate studies from 2009 to 2012, and Charles Bryars scholarships for vocal performance in 2009, 2010 and 2011, in addition to being named overall winner of this competition in June 2012.

The recital at Hopefield Country House will feature arias by Mozart, Massenet, Bellini, Verdi and Gershwin, amongst others and promises to be an afternoon of beautiful music in a relaxed country atmosphere.


Musa Ngqungwana – opera recital

With Liske Potgieter (soprano)

Kobus Buys & Gerhard Maritz (piano)


Hopefeld Country House

Off R 336, Sundays River Valley – Addo

19 May 2013


Tickets – R 80-00 (adults) R 60-00 (learners / students / pensioners)

Information / reservations:  Kobus or Gerhard 042 234 0333 /

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