“Striking bass and presence…”
A native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana has been praised by The New York Times for his “rich, glowing voice and elegant legato.”
His upcoming engagements include the title role in The Glimmerglass Festival’s production of Porgy and Bess, and his Canadian debut as Angelotti in the Canadian Opera Company’s production of Tosca. Recently, Musa made his debut at Dallas Opera in the company’s production of Eugene Onegin, where he will also reprised the role of Queequeg in Moby Dick. Additionally, Mr. Ngqungwana made debuts at The Glimmerglass Festival as Gottardo in La gazza ladra, at Los Angeles Opera as Queequeg in Moby Dick, at both the Norwegian National Opera and Palm Beach Opera as Zuniga in Carmen, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.
His recent concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, as the bass soloist in Handel’s Messiah at the U.S. Naval Academy, and a return to his native South Africa for recitals at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown.
Mr. Ngqungwana’s vocal promise continues to be recognized nationally and internationally. In 2014, he was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and he was also the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013.
Mr. Ngqungwana graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He is the author of a memoir, “Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwide Township to the World Stage”, which is available on Amazon and CreateSpace.