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Pumeza Matshikiza

Described as "one of today's most exciting new operatic voices" (Independent), South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is one of today’s rising opera stars. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, her debut album “Voice of Hope” was released in 2014. Her second album “Arias” with arias by Puccini, Catalani, Ravel and Mozart and songs by Fauré was released in May 2016.

Biography:

Described as "one of today's most exciting new operatic voices" (Independent), South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is one of today’s rising opera stars. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, her debut album “Voice of Hope” was released in 2014. Her second album “Arias” with arias by Puccini, Catalani, Ravel and Mozart and songs by Fauré was released in May 2016.

Pumeza Matshikiza kicks off the 16/17 season returning to the Staatsoper Stuttgart, where she was an ensemble member for the past five years, singing Micaёla (Carmen). On the concert stage the South African soprano can be heard in solo recitals in Budapest as part of the Budapest Spring Festival and in Girona, as well as joining stage with tenor Rolando Villazón in a gala concert in Schloss Salem. She also returns to her home town Cape Town for concerts in spring 2017.

In the 15/16 season Pumeza Matshikiza sang solo concerts in Copenhagen, Gothenburg and Krakow and performed for the King and Queen of Sweden as part of the celebration of the Swedish National Holiday in June 2016. In October she made her debut with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, singing the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Bread, Water and Salt, based on the famous speech by Nelson Mandela. The concerts that opened Santa Cecelia’s season were led by Sir Antonio Pappano and broadcast live on TV and radio. The piece was repeated as part of Radio France’s Festival Présence in February 2016, Mikko Franck conducted the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France. On the operatic stage, Pumeza Matshikiza sang Mimì (La Bohème) and made her role debut as Micaёla (Carmen), both at the Staatsoper Stuttgart. The soprano could also be heard singing in recitals in London, Amsterdam and Salle Gaveau in Paris. The CD release concert of her new album “Arias” took place in Aarhus in March 2016. She also gave a solo concert at the Festival de la Vézère, France, before closing the season with a recital at the Rheinvokal Festival.

Recent engagements include her debut as Eve in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s CO2 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the English Concert Orchestra at the Bristol Old Vic as part of the Bristol Proms series; two concerts with the Aarhus Symphony Orchestra in Denmark; an appearance at the BBC Proms in the Park and a concert tour with Rolando Villazón that took her to Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Paris’ Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Gasteig Munich, Kuppelsaal Hanover, Tonhalle Düsseldorf and Helsinki. Recent roles in Stuttgart include Mimì (La Bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte).

Pumeza Matshikiza studied at the University of Cape Town College of Music and the Royal College of Music with a full scholarship. Roles at the RCM included Marenka (The Bartered Bride), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Concepcion (L’heure espagnole), Poppea (L’incoronazione di Poppea) and Contessa (Le nozze di Figaro). The young soprano also participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Renata Scotto, Joan Rogers, Paul Farrington, Philip Langridge and Ileana Cotrubas. She has worked with accompanists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Simon Lepper.

Pumeza Matshikiza was a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House from 2007-2009 and could be heard as Blumenmädchen in Wagner’s Parsifal, Slave in Strauss’ Salome, Innocent (The Minotaur), Witch in Dido and Aeneas, Sandmann (Hänsel und Gretel) and Tebaldo in Verdi’s Don Carlo, conducted by Antonio Pappano. In January, 2010 Pumeza Matshikiza was awarded with the 1st Prize in the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition and became an Associate Artist of the Classical Opera Company, singing the title role in Mozart’s Zaide for which she was awarded with the Patrick Fyffe-Dame Hilda Brackett Prize.