Musa's memoir, Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, will be published commercially in South Africa this February 2018 by Penguin Random House South Africa. The updated memoir features a new cover, and updated and expanded text, chronicling Musa's journey from his impoverished upbringing in South Africa to his achievements with leading opera companies around the world today.
Musa will have a book tour with various stops throughout South Africa in promotion of the book, following its publication.
Musa’s 2017-2018 season has been announced, beginning with his company debut in Verdi’s Aida (Amonasro) with the English National Opera from September-November 2017. Musa’s spring includes performances as Queequeg in Jake Heggie’s Moby Dick with the Pittsburgh Opera and as Zuniga in Bizet’s Carmen with Opera Philadelphia.
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 will appear together with his Glimmerglass co-star, soprano Talise Trevigne.
Cooperstown, NY: Musa Ngqungwana will return to the Glimmerglass Festival stage in 2017 to sing the title role of Porgy, the disabled beggar who yearns to make a life for himself and Bess, in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Francesca Zambello will direct this classic American opera, which will open the 2017 festival season.
Musa makes his Glimmerglass Festival debut this July in his role debut as Gottardo in Rossini's rescue opera The Thieving Magpie. Performances are on July 16, 25, and 29, and August 7, 12, 16, 20, and 25, 2016.
Musa writes the following to his friends and fans:
"Publishing my autobiography has been such a rewarding experience that I've been busy drafting a new book! 'The Dichotomy' is a historical-fiction novel and I share this draft, which has the premise, prologue and first chapter, in order to begin a dialogue as I continue writing other chapters. From your feedback I can extrapolate further themes, make it a comprehensive narrative and so forth. I value your feedback so please do not hesistate to contact me via Facebook, Twitter or by E-mail with your thoughts and interest in this latest creative project."
With my thanks and blessings,
Musa Washington D.C., February 16, 2016
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.
This Autumn Musa makes his House Debut with LA Opera as Queequeg in Jake Heggie's epic opera Moby-Dick. Based on Herman Melville's classic novel, the sweeping, gorgeously detailed score has already taken its rightful place as a true contemporary masterpiece, hailed by the New York Times as "An undeniable success."
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."
Musa Ngqungwana has been awarded the 2015 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music and would like to acknowledge one of his patrons, Mr. J. Len van Zyl of the Len van Zyl Conductors' Competition. The accompanying video was played in Johannesburg during the acceptance of this wonderful award.
Philadelphia, PA – How did a baby, born in 1984 in South Africa-the world's most complicated system of segregation and apartheid, find his way to the great opera stages of Europe and the United States? How did a child, raised in poverty by his grandmother in Zwide township, attain academic degrees in both South Africa and the United States? What does it take for one boy-or any child-to overcome the debilitating effects of discrimination and impoverishment?
In his newly published autobiography Musa Ngqungwana details his story, from growing up in poverty in South Africa to winning the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions in 2013.
Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwide Township to the World Stage is now available for purchase and instant download.
New York, NY – Musa Ngqungwana has unveiled a teaser chapter from his work-in-progress memoir. Says the singer, "When I approached my 30th birthday in 2014, I could not help quell a burning wish to chronicle chapters of my life I have already lived and experienced, and thus I started writing...Then the writing became therapeutic, as I have managed to internally balance things and once more have freedom to live life without regrets." Musa invites all interested parties to read the posted chapter and provide feedback on this exciting project.
New York, NY – Musa Ngqungwana has been awarded third prize in the 2014 Giulio Gari International Vocal Competition. The mission of The Giulio Gari Foundation is to discover and encourage young classical singers of the highest quality.
Past awardees include Angela Meade, Isabel Leonard, and Brenda Rae, among others.
Philadelphia, PA – This month South-African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana graduates from his musical studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia. He reflects upon his time as a resident artist and shares what’s next on his musical horizon...
Philadelphia, PA – In the 2014/15 opera season bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana will make three notable Company Debuts. In November 2014 he will appear as Colline in La boheme with Washington National Opera, followed by December 2014 and February 2015 peformances as Zuniga in Carmen with Norwegian National Opera, and lastly, in Spring of 2015 Musa reprises the role of Dr. Dulcamara in Florentine Opera's production of L'Elisir D'Amore. (Musa has previously studied and performed the role to notable acclaim at the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts.) See Musa's full schedule here or click below to read about Florentine Opera's 2014/15 Season recently announced in the Journal Sentinel.
New York City, NY – Musa Ngqungwana is the receipient of the Dr. Robert Campbell/Cesare Santeramo Vocal Award from Opera Index Inc. On January 12, 2014 he will appear in performance at Opera Index's Winter Gala honoring Metropolitan Opera and Broadway mezzo-soprano Rosalind Elias. Past Opera Index Vocal Competition winners include Susan Graham, Stephanie Blythe, Anthony Dean Griffey, Ailyn Perez, Eric Owens, and Michael Fabiano, among many others.
Chicago, IL – This month Musa appears throughout Chicago's famed Ravinia Festival. His performances will include a masterclass wth James Conlon, plus collaborations with Malcolm Martineau on songs by Ravel, Vaughan Williams and Brahms.
Philadelphia, PA – On September 27th, 2013 Musa will make his Company Debut with Opera Philadelphia as the High Priest of Baal in Verdi's Nabucco. Performances kick off Opera Philadelphia's 2013/14 opera season and run from September 27th through October 6th.
Norway, Olso – This month Musa appears at the Kirsten Flagstad Festival in Oslo, Norway. During the Festival he will be taking part in the Stars of Tomorrow concert in the University Aula in Oslo on Thursday, June 13th and in the big Jubilee Concert held outdoors in Hamar on Sunday, June 16th.
New York, NY – Following this afternoon’s finals concert on the Metropolitan Opera stage—the culmination of a months-long process of competitions at the district, regional, and national level—a panel of judges has named 28-year-old bass-baritone from Port Elizabeth, South Africa Musa Ngqungwana among the six winners in the 2013National Council Auditions, the prestigious competition’s 60th anniversary. Each winner will receive a $15,000 cash prize for their victory, but even more importantly, winning represents important exposure that can launch a career. Writes the New York Times, "There were an unusual number of low male voices at this year’s auditions, with the standouts including the 28-year-old South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, who impressed with a rich, glowing voice and elegant legato in his two selections, particularly Vi ravviso from Bellini’s Sonnambula.”