ABOUT - LEVY SEKGAPANE

"Levy Sekgapane is a new name to me and he is a very exciting singer.  The owner of a light and high-lying tenor, he also offered some stratospheric embellishments and effortless ease in the florid writing.  A name to watch certainly.”
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The young, South-African tenor Levy Sekgapane studied under Kamal Khan and Hanna van Niekerk at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. Already during this time, he participated in different opera productions in South Africa. Winning the 1st price at the International Belvedere singing competition as well as the 1st price at the Monserrat Caballé singing competition in 2015, he became known in the international opera scene. In the summer of 2017, he won the 1st price at Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA, whereupon many debuts at major opera houses, like Paris National Opera, Bavarian State Opera Munich or Liceu Barcelona, followed.

In this season (2019/20) Levy will return for IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA to Teatro Massimo di Palermo and for ADINA to Wexford Opera. At Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège he will give his house debut singing LA CENERENTOLA. For IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and LA CENERENTOLA he will return to Bavarian State Opera Munich. At National Theatre Mannheim he will sing a gala show of DON PASQUALE. Besides that, he will return to Liceu Barcelona to sing IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and to give his role debut as Idreno in Rossini’s SEMIRAMIDE.

In the last season he gave with ADINA his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. With IL BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA he gave his South America debut in Santiago di Chile and sung for the first time at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo. As Conte d’Almaviva he gave his house debut at National Opera Bordeaux and he returned to State Opera Hamburg to sing IL TURCO IN ITALIA. In the new production of IL BABRIERE DI SIVIGLIA in Glyndebourne Levy gave a wonderful Conte d’Almaviva. Besides that, he gave his house and role debut as Ernesto in Donizetti’s DON PASQUALE at Latvian National Opera Riga. With his debut as Arbace in Mozart’s IDOMENEO at the Salzburg Festival he finished the season.

Other highlights of his young career include his debut as Conte d’Almaviva at National Opera Paris and at German Opera Berlin. At the Royal Opera Copenhagen, he sung the Conte di Libenskof in a new production of IL VIAGGIO A REIMS. He debuted as Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA at Bavarian State Opera and Hamburg State Opera. During the Whitsun Festival at State Theatre Wiesbaden, he debuted as Nemorino in Donizettis L’ELISIR D’AMORE. On the concert stage he gave his debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg singing the first New-Years-Eve-Gala concert together with Olga Peretyatko under the baton of James Conlon.

In August 2019, his first solo CD with Rossini arias was released by Prima Classic – recorded with the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti.