Musa Ngqungwana – basbaryton

Musa Ngqungwana - basbaryton
Musa Ngqungwana

Musa Ngqungwana – basbaryton

Musa Ngqungwana er opprinnelig fra Sør-Afrika og har sin utdannelse fra University of Cape Town og den prestisjetunge operainstitusjonen Academy of Vocal Arts i Philadelphia.

Ngqungwana har vunnet en rekke priser. I 2014 har han blitt nominert til Marian Anderson Award ved Kennedy Center i Washington DC og har vunnet Cesare Santeremo / Dr.Campbell prisen i New York City. I 2013 vant han Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, mens han var en av finalistene og fikk prisen “Die Zeit” på den 29ende internasjonale Hans Gabor Belvedere-konkurransen i Wien, Østerrike.

Ngqungwana har jobbet med Angelo Gobbato, Marco Armiliato, Tito Capobianco, Corrado Rovaris, Thaddeus Strassberger, Nic Muni, Christofer Macatsoris, Kamal Khan, Gianfranco Debosio og Antonio Pirolli.

Blant hans tidligere operaroller finner vi Figaro i Figaros bryllup, Leporello i Don Giovanni og Dulcamara i Elskovsdrikken. Han har også gjort L’hotelier i Manon og presten i Cunning Little Vixen, begge med ArtsCape Opera House. Han har sunget Il Gran Sacerdote i Verdis Nabucco med Opera Philadelphia, Ping i Turandot med Teatro Filarmonico i Verona, Talpa i Il tabarro med Perelman Hall i Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Grev Waldner i Arabella med Helen Corning Warden Theater, Kommandanten i Don Giovanni med Walter K. Gordon Theater at Rutgers, Lorenzo i i Capuleti ed i Montecchi og Zuniga i Carmen – begge ved musikkfestivalen Crested Butte.

I tiden fremover vil han rolledebutere som Colline i La bohème med Washington National Opera og gi liv til Nelson Mandela i det nyskrevete verket The Struggle is My Life med Opera Afrika.

Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana is a native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and graduated with Honors in Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town. Mr. Ngqungwana is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.

He has been praised by the New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato.” He makes a number of company debuts this season, most notably at Los Angeles Opera in the role of Queequeg in Moby Dick, followed by his first performances at The Glimmerglass Festival singing Gottardo in La gazza ladra, and at Palm Beach Opera as Zuniga in Carmen. He returns to Washington National Opera to sing the role of Stephen Kumalo in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and performs as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the U.S. Naval Academy. 
Mr. Ngqungwana made his European debut in the 2014-15 season singing Zuniga in a new production of Carmen for the Norwegian Opera. He sang Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore with Florentine Opera, and he made his debut at Washington National Opera singing Colline in a new production of La bohème. He returned to South Africa to sing a song concert and an aria concert for the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, SA.

Since 2007 Musa’s vocal promise has been recognized far and wide: in 2014 Mr. Ngqungwana was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Musa is also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo/Dr.Campbell Award from Opera Index in NYC and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions.  He was the 2013 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; a 2013 recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Abanese/Puccini International Vocal Competition, and the 2013 recipient of the Apollo Music Trust. Further recognitions include the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust award in 2011 and winner of the WBHO/Jan Kaminski Award in 2010. Mr. Ngqungwana was a finalist in the 29th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria where he was awarded the prize of “Die Zeit”; he was the 2009 winner for the role of Ping at the International Turandot Competition organized by the International Institute for Opera and Poetry, and the 2007 winner of the Schock Prize for Singing at the Baxter Theater in Cape Town.

Musa has worked with James Conlon, Philippe Auguin, Marco Armiliato, Leonard Foglia, Calixto Bieito, Fabien Gabel, Corrado Rovaris, Thaddeus Strassberger, Gianfranco Debosio and Antonio Pirolli. Previously performed operatic roles include Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, and Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims with the University Of Cape Town Opera School. He has also performed as Il Gran Sacerdote in Verdi’s Nabucco with Opera Philadelphia, Ping in Turandot with Teatro Filarmonico (Verona), and the Priest in The Cunning Little Vixen with ArtsCape Theater. Other roles have included Talpa in Il tabarro with Perelman Hall at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Count Waldner in Arabella with the Helen Corning Warden Theater, the Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Walter K. Gordon Theater at Rutgers, Lorenzo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi, Zuniga in Carmen with the Crested Butte Music Festival, plus the following roles during his time at the Academy of Vocal Arts: the title role in Verdi’s Oberto; the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann; Gremin in Eugene Onegin; Sancho Pança in Massenet’s Don Quichotte; Samuel in Un ballo in maschera, and Les Comte Griuex in Manon.

Aktuella och kommande engagemang

 Jul-Aug 16  La gazza ladra Gottardo it Glimmerglass Festival C: Colaneri; D: Peter Kazaras
 Jan 16  Carmen Zuniga Palm Beach Opera, West Palm Beach C: David Stern; D: de los Santos



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