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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
The National Opera House presents Internationally renowned tenor  LEVY SEKGAPANE

The National Opera House presents Internationally renowned tenor LEVY SEKGAPANE

The National Opera House, Wexford is delighted to welcome South African tenor Levy Strauss Sekgapane, in what will be his Irish debut, and also ONLY Irish performance in 2017!

Rising operatic star and multi award-winning Levy has just recently been nominated in the YOUNG SINGER category in the 2017 International Opera Awards while in the last few years Levy has also won the prestigious Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (2015) as well as the first prize at the Montserrat Caballé Competition (2015) in Spain.

Upcoming engagements include Conte di Libenskof in Il Viaggio A Reims at Copenhagen Opera (March & April 2017), Rome Opera (June, 2017) and Liceu, Barcelona (September, 2017). He will also give his house debut with La Cenerentola at the Bavarian State Opera, Munich in June 2017 and will sing Conte d’Almaviva at Oslo Opera in October & November 2017.

On Friday 24 March Levy will be accompanied by Albie van Schalkwyk who has established himself as performer in a number of fields over the past 30 years and is one of the leading chamber musicians and vocal accompanists in South Africa.

Tickets for this event are only €15. Don’t miss our €10 EARLY BIRD tickets when you book by Tuesday 28 February 2017! Use the PROMO CODE  - YOUNGSINGER when booking! Book online here http://bit.ly/2l0oBri or call direct on 053 912 2144.

PROGRAMME
Beethoven – An die ferne Geliebte, Opus 98
Donizetti – Com’è soave / Anch'io provai le tenere (Lucrezia Borgia)
Rossini - La lontananza
Bellini - La ricordanza
Donizetti - Me voglio fà 'na casa
Britten – Folk song arrangements
Down by the Sally Gardens
At the mid hour of night
The ash grove
Oliver Cromwell

Interval

Fauré - Après un rêve (op 7/1)
Fauré - Le secret (op 23/?)
Fauré - Automne (op 18/3)
S. Donaudy - Vaghissima sembiante
S. Donaudy - O del mio amato ben
Lalo – Vainement, ma bien aimée (Le roi d'Ys)
Boieldieu – Viens, gentille dame (La dame blanche)


Levy Sekgapane Biography

Born in Kroonstad, South Africa, which is approximately a two hour drive from Johannesburg, Levy sang with church choirs from an early age and in particular the Fidentia South African Youth Choir under the baton of André van der Merwe. 

From there he received his first music training in singing and piano at the Stellenberg High School in Cape Town with Marianna Marais and Elizabeth Wright.

He followed on to graduate as a double major student in classical piano and singing at the South African College of Music (University of Cape Town) and is currently doing his final year Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance with Hanna van Niekerk and Professor Kamal Khan.

Levy has worked with directors such as Professor Angelo Gobbato, Matthew Wild and Christine Crouse, and took part in masterclasses with South African tenor Kobie van Rensburg studying early music and baroque.

Performances include John Stainer’s Crucifixion and Mozart’s Requiem with the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town, tenor solo in Bach’s Johannes-Passion as a member of the International Choral Academy Lübeck under the baton of Helmuth Rilling, soloist in concert with Bryn Terfel, conducted by Kamal Khan and performed during President Barack Obama’s visit to the University of Capetown, role in Songs of Friendship written for the Commonwealth games in Glasgow with the Scottish Opera.

His professional debut has come about November 2014 with the role of Don Ramiro in Kobie van Rensburg’s production of La Cenerentola, followed by 4th Knappe in Parsifal at Theater Chemnitz, Germany.

After being member of the Opera Studio of Semperoper Dresden in Germany, Levy started his international career singing Conte d’Almavia in Il barbiere di Siviglia at German Opera Berlin and Don Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Hamburg State Opera.

LEVY SEKGAPANE AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS

•    Nominee in the YOUNG SINGER category – International Opera Awards (2017)

•    Montserrat Caballé International Singing Competition (1st Prize, 2015)

•    International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition (1st Prize, 2015)

•    The SAMRO Foundation Scholarship Prize (2015)

•    ATKV-Muziqanto National Classical Vocal Competition (2nd Prize, 2014)

•    Mimi Coertse Singing Competition (1st Prize, 2013)

•    Schock Foundation Singing Competition (1st Prize, 2013