June 2017: Musa makes his debut in the title role of the Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York. Soprano Talise Trevigne performs opposite Musa in the role of Bess.
January 2017: Musa is featured with The Philadelphia Orchestra, under the baton of Cristian Macelaru, in a special Valentine's Day concert of selections from Porgy and Bess, in advance of his performance in the title role at The Glimmerglass Festival this summer.
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,” and by The Wall Street Journal as “a powerful bass-baritone.”
He has performed the title role in The Glimmerglass Festival’s production of Porgy and Bess, Amonasro in Aida with English National Opera,and Angelotti in Tosca with the Canadian Opera Company, in addition to 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, at Dallas Opera in the company’s production of Eugene Onegin, where he also performed the role of Queequeg in Moby Dick, and at Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème, where he also sang the role of Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars. Read Musa's full biography here >