Singer of the Fortnight
Our choice first half of December is Zandile Mzazi . She is a lyric Soprano. She was born in the quiet and rural environment of Elliot in the Easter Cape. Her voice was discovered at school at the age of 17 by her mother, who was a conductor of the school choir. After winning the Tirisano Schools National Eisteddfod in 2002, Zandile enrolled at the University of Cape Town where she studied for a Performance Degree in Opera, she was mentored by famous Professor Angelo Gobbato and Kamal Khan. Various achievements as follows:
She was engaged at the Vienna State Opera House, was a 1st price winner winner of the LJUBA WELITSCH International Singing Competition, a 7th Mbokodo Award recipient, a Mellon Foundation Scholarship recipient. She has appeared in many functions/Operas/Recitals both locally and Internationally. To name just a few: She had the honour and privilege to perform in the presence of many Heads of State, just to name a few.... the late Nelson Mandela, Former President Mr Mbeki, The Chinese President and 50 leaders from the African Continent at large. She headlined the Official opening of the BRICS SUMMIT Launch in 2015/2016.
Her Debut was as Susanna in Mozart's "Nozze di Figaro" and she performed many prominent roles in Operas, Operettas and musicals by Mozart, Britten, Gershwin, Donizetti, Puccini and Lehar. Stations of her musical career had been Cape Town, Vienna, Paris and Mauritius , now Johannesburg. On the 5th of December 2020 she appeared at the Rand Club in SIttopera's event "First beheaded, when hung up!" and will hopefully appear 2021 at the Rand Club in the event series "Fine Talents and rising Stars".
Previous Singers of the Fortnight since October 2020: Monica Mhangwana, Mezzo-Soprano, Sipho Fubesi, Tenor, Otto Maidi, Bass-Baritone