Musa Ngqungwana, South African Bass-Baritone


Musa's book cover

Philadelphia, PA: The second edition of Musa's autobiography, Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwide Township to the World Stage, is now available for purchase in digital download (Kindle edition) and paperback form!

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Musa Featured with Philadelphia Orchestra in Valentine's Day Concert

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.



Musa Debuts in Dallas this Autumn, appears in 2 productions

September 2016: Musa makes his company debut at Dallas Opera this Autumn in Eugene Onegin and reprises his critically acclaimed role of Queequeg in Moby Dick.



Musa Makes Debut at The Glimmerglass Festival in The Thieving Magpie

July / August 2016: Musa makes his role and company debut at The Glimmerglass Festival as Gottardo in The Thieving Magpie with performances from July 16 to August 25, 2016.





Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana has been praised by the New York Times for his "rich, glowing voice and elegant legato." He is a native of native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.


Since 2007 Musa's vocal promise has been recognized far and wide: in 2014 alone Mr. Ngqungwana was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Musa is also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo/Dr.Campbell Award from Opera Index in NYC and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions. He was also the 2013 Grand Finals Winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. Musa's full biography can be read here >