New opera star on the block is tenor Given Nkosi.
He started at school and in youth singing choirs, participating in various competitions. In 2001 and 2002, he was chosen as the Tirisano School Choral Eisteddfod national champion and, in 2003 and 2004, was national champion of the Post Office Eisteddfod. Nkosi has appeared in numerous opera productions and concert performances, among others as soloist with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2005, he won first prize in the Schock competition at the University of Cape Town.
He is currently studying towards a performer’s diploma at the university under the direction of Professor Angelo Gobbato and Professor Brad Liebl. Last year, he made his mark at the Miagi festival of classical music, devoted to the life and works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and performed with the Tirisano National Youth Choir at the Choir Olympics in Bremen. He has recently performed in Cosi fan Tutte at Artscape, as well as Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi’s Magnificat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.
Earlier this year, he went to Verona, Italy, for the Monteverdi competion, where he made it to the second level.
Lunch Spot: Primi Piatti, Claremont