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MUSA

"Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg was a haunting presence,
commanding our respect as the noble and enlightened soul."

-The International Review of Music

MUSA FEATURED in the PRESS
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Read OperaWire's feature on Musa, which delves into his childhood in South Africa, how he got his operatic start, and the particular challenges of current roles such as Porgy in Porgy and Bess and Queequeg in Jake Heggie's Moby Dick.

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Local Opera Singer Welcomed Back

Date: November 30, 2016

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"His life has been a whirlwind since he traded the streets of Zwide for the American stage in 2013, but being back in the Bay has given Musa Ngqungwana (32) a chance to breathe. Ngqungwana, who has performed to great acclaim as an opera singer in America, received a hero’s welcome when he arrived in Port Elizabeth last Wednesday."

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"Musa Ngqungwana basks in the warm embrace of Dallas’ southern hospitality and 80-degree fall days. He is visiting from the East Coast, Philadelphia and New York, where the days are already getting cool, and here he can wear his shorts and golf shirts in October. He says he is enjoying "the ambiance of the great state of Texas" as he prepares to perform in the first two productions of the Dallas Opera's season..."

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"Oh, he’s the worst. He’s the arch-villain of opera..." Musa discusses his upcoming role and house debut at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, New York.

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Musa is featured on SCHMOPERA in an interview with Jenna Douglas:

"We're kicking off this summer's Spotlight Series with South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana. This summer he makes his Glimmerglass Festival debut in Rossini's The Thieving Magpie (La gazza ladra), before debuting at The Dallas Opera in both Eugene Onegin and Moby-Dick this fall..."

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This month Musa is featured in Black Diamonds Magazine. He discusses the effects of his impoverished childhood in Zwide, masculinity, the importance of education, and his memoir: "Who better to record my stories than me?...I know about a life of poverty and growing up in the townships, and being raised by a single mother, absent a caring father. For my readers to see that, I as a person who come from a similar place such as they have, and to know that it’s possible to break those chains, is an important message I hope people reading my book will understand..."

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I Am Driven By: "My love of art, culture, nature and the understanding that God has given me a gift to entertain and to share art with others. I have always loved performing on stage, and conversing with people about young artistic talent. These are the fundamental things that drive me..."

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Musa Ngqungwana in conversation with Charlotte Kilbane of 702.co.za...

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Author and opera singer Musa Ngqungwana is featured on WPTV in connection with his upcoming debut with Palm Beach Opera. Musa will appear as Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen on January 22, 23 & 24, 2016 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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Author and opera singer Musa Ngqungwana is featured on WPTV in connection with his upcoming debut with Palm Beach Opera. Musa will appear as Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen on January 22, 23 & 24, 2016 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.

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"This past Saturday, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana made his LA Opera debut as Queequeg in Moby-Dick. With his sincere portrayal of this pivotal character, the South African born Ngqungwana adds another role to his list of operatic achievements that include being a Grand Finals Winner in the 2013 Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, as well as playing Colline in La Boheme (Washington National Opera) and Zuniga in Carmen (Norwegian National Opera)."

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Musa shares his journey from Zwide Township to the world stage's in an interview with BR-Klassik. "There was this girl I liked. But I did not know how I should talk to her. She sang in a choir, so I went there to sing. In her I failed, but I stayed in the choir."

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