Pumeza Matshikiza


London-based soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is one of the South African classical world's busiest exports. Since leaving the University of Cape Town's College of Music she has studied at the Royal College of Music and was selected for the Jette Parker Young Artists' Programme at the Royal Opera House for 2007/8 and 2008/9. In 2010 first prize in the prestigious Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition netted her �10 000, which she invested in further voice training. Most recently, Matshikiza appeared in the title role in a new production of Mozart's Zaide with the Classical Opera Company at the Sadler's Wells Theatre in London. A reviewer wrote of her recent performance as Vendulka in Smetana's The Kiss at the Wexford Festival in Ireland: "She pours out her heart and soul in her strikingly smoky lyric soprano, whose gleaming top is like the sun emerging from the clouds. There's a star in the making here.� � Lisa van Wyk

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