Levy Sekgapane’s gala fundraising concert, UCT Opera School

Booking opens Thursday 7 March for Levy Sekgapane’s gala fundraising concert, in aid of the UCT Opera School, on 26 March.

Book early (online at Webtickets) or at any branch of Webtickets (nearest one: Baxter Theatre Centre) to secure good seats. www.webtickets.co.za

Levy has generously made a plan to give back to UCT whilst he is in Cape Town later this month.

For more details, contact Gillian Lindner on 021 560 2640 e-mail Gillian.Lindner@uct.ac.za .

 

LEVY SEKGAPANE (TENOR)

JEREMY SILVER (PIANO)

One of the most exciting tenors of his generation, Levy Sekgapane returns to the Baxter for this fundraising recital in aid of the UCT Opera School.

A recent winner of the Hans Gabor Belvedere

competition, the Monserrat Caballé competition

and Plácido Domingo’s Operalia, The World Opera competition, Sekgapane brings together songs by Rossini, Donizetti, Bellini and Verdi as well as a selection of Rossini arias which will appear on his forthcoming CD.

He will be accompanied by Jeremy Silver, Director of the UCT Opera School.

BOOKING OPENS ON

THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2019

FULL PRICE: R300.00

SENIOR CITIZENS AND STUDENTS: R150.00

Book at www.webtickets.co.za.

 

BIOGRAPHIES:

The young tenor Levy Strauss Sekgapane – winner of the 1st prize of OPERALIA 2017 – was born in Kroonstad in South Africa. From childhood he sang in different choirs and formally began his music education in 2006 by singing in Tirisano School Eisteddfod. Furthermore, he was a member of Fidentia South African Youth Choir and received a scholarship in 2007 to learn at Stellenberg High School in Cape Town. He later studied at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town under Hanna van Niekerk (voice) and Kamal Khan (opera).

During his time at the College of Music, he acted as soloist in different opera performances in South Africa, amongst others LA BOHEME, THE RAKE’S PROGRESS and LES CONTES d’HOFFMANN. In addition, he was a member of the choir of Schleswig-Holstein-Musikfestivals and attended master classes by Kobie van Rensburg.

In concert he sang Mozart’s REQUIEM in the Cape Town City Hall and, as soloist supporting Bryn Terfel, John Strainer’s CRUCIFIXION, with the Philharmonia Choir of Cape Town and the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra. Since 2012 he participated as tenor at the International Choir Academy in Lübeck/Germany, where he sang the solo in Bach`s JOHANNES-PASSION under Helmuth Rilling.

In the operatic repertoire, he debuted as Conte d’Almavia/IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and as Chevalier de la Force/DIALOGUES DES CARMÉLITES. More recently he sang SONGS OF FRIENDSHIP at the Scottish Opera Glasgow, Graf von Libenskof/IL VIAGGIO A REIMS a collaboration between UCT Opera School and Cape Town Opera, Don Ramiro/LA CENERENTOLA as well as Vierter Knappe/PARISFAL at Opera Chemnitz. At the theater in Krefeld, he again sang Conte d’Almaviva/IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA.

Besides Operalia, Levy has won several prizes, amongst them first prize at the Schock Foundation Prize for Singing, first prize at the Belvedere singing competition, as well as the first prize at the Montserrat Caballé competition in Spain. During the season 2015/16, Levy was a member of the Young Ensemble of Semperoper Dresden.

In the season 2016/17, Levy debuted as Conte d’Almavia/BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA at German Opera Berlin and at Aalto Theater Essen. He gave his house debut as Don Ramiro/LA CENERENTOLA at Hamburg State Opera and Munich State Opera. Furthermore, Levy debuted as Conte di Libenskof/IL VIAGGIO A REIMS at Copenhagen Opera and at Opera di Roma.

The season 2017/18 brought Levy for the first time to Liceu Barcelona, where he again sang Conte di Libenskof/VIAGGIO A REIMS. Levy made his debut at Oslo Opera House and at National Opera Paris in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. Levy made his debut In Palermo/Italy singing Lindoro/ITALIANA IN ALGERI and gave his debut at State Theatre Wiesbaden/Germany. On the concert stage, he gave his debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg/Germany, singing the New-Years-Eve-Galaconcert, together with Olga Peretyatko, under the baton of James Conlon.

Levy has performed BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA in Las Palmas/Spain and he will made his debut at the Rossini Festival Pesaro/Italy. Upcoming debuts include the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo/Italy, as well as his South America Debut in Santiago di Chile, also in BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. In the 2018/2019 season he will also return to Hamburg/Germany for IL TURCO IN ITALIA, as well as making his debut in Bordeaux/France with BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA. In  2019 he will make his debut in Glyndebourne in the UK.

The South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town extends its warmest welcome to Jeremy Silver, the new Director of the UCT Opera School.

Jeremy Silver has worked extensively in South Africa with all the country’s major symphony orchestras, as well as conducting La bohème and Le nozze di Figaro (Cape Town Opera) and Lucia di Lammermoor (Gauteng Opera). As principal conductor of Opera Africa (2004-2007), he conducted productions of I Capuleti e i Montecchi, La traviata and Rigoletto at the State Theatre, Pretoria, and Princess Magogo at Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam.

A selection of other productions includes Orfeo ed Euridice, L’incoronazione di Poppea and a selection of Mozart and Handel operas (Longborough Festival Opera); Pelléas et Mélisande (Glyndebourne Touring Opera); Madama Butterfly (ENO); Ariadne auf Naxos (ETO); Aida, Carmen (Royal Albert Hall); La Rondine, Lucia di Lammermoor, Le Nozze di Figaro (Opera Holland Park); Les Huguenots, Tosca (Opéra-Théâtre de Metz), Turandot (National Theatre, Malaysia) and Die Fledermaus (Yale Opera). For ETO he also conducted two Donizetti rediscoveries, L’assedio di Calais and Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo in performing editions resulting from his considerable editorial work on both scores.

Jeremy is also Music Director of the Melting Pot Choral Festival, and an Associate Artist at Longborough Festival Opera in the UK.