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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.

Latest News:

  • 13.04.2016 - Pumeza Matshikiza featured on The Daily Mail

  • 'Every up-and-coming classical crossover artist benefits from a good backstory. 

    Audiences appreciate – indeed expect – interesting or amusing tales about early precociousness, occasional setbacks, moments of jeopardy when the show very almost didn’t go on. 

    But not all singers are the same. 

    Some have a hinterland quite unlike any other, and it’s no exaggeration to say that the astonishing, harrowing and ultimately uplifting journey of classical singer Pumeza Matshikiza from the violent, impoverished townships of South Africa to the gilded stages of Europe well and truly breaks the mould.

    Those who have heard the 37-year-old soprano sing say they can hear her difficult yet triumphant story in her voice; light and shade, sadnesses of the past and, perhaps above all, hope for the future. 

    ‘Have I been through a lot? I suppose so,’ says Pumeza, musing on her own rhetorical question. 

    ‘But so has my home country and I think of it often. I will never forget the terrible things I saw as a child – a man was once shot right on our porch. They have made me who I am.’ 

    Who Pumeza is – who she has become – is a superstar in the world of classical music, whose glittering new album Arias showcases her rich, glowing voice."

    Read the entire feature here.

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