Aida at THE ENGLISH NATIONAL OPERA (SEPTEMBER 2017)
"There was a solid UK debut for South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, who displayed firm upper notes in the Nile Scene."
-Mark Pullinger, bachtrack.com
"South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana brings rewarding lyricism to Amonasro."
-George Hall, Financial Times
"...and there’s an impressive Amonasro from the rising South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana"
-Richard Morrison, The Times
"...Musa Ngqungwana an outstanding Amonasro..."
-Mark Valencia, What's on Stage
"There was fine singing too from Musa Ngqungwana as Amonasro and I thought he brought just the right amount of savage fury to his Act III ‘No more my daughter… for you are only a slave of Pharaoh!’ and when he attacks Amneris at the end of that act."
-Jim Pritchard, Seen and Heard International
"Musa Ngqungwana’s powerful bass delivered a looming Amonasro"
-Peter Reed, Classical Source
"Musa Ngqungwana was also very notable as Amonasro, father of Aida. He was commanding on the stage, drawing us into the world of his character. His voice was beautiful to listen to, regal and flexible in its colouring."
-Vivian Darkbloom, Schmopera
"The third act duet between Latonia Moore (Aida) and Musa Ngqungwana (Amonasro) was the highlight of the entire show, the brilliance of their performance adeptly illuminating..."
-Leah Broad, The Oxford Culture Review
Porgy and Bess at THE GLIMMERGLASS FESTIVAL (JULY 2017)
"Musa Ngqungwana is such a force of nature as Porgy, with a voice of such jaw-dropping beauty, richness, and power that he just might become a household name. Practice saying Ngqungwana now, because his star is only going to go higher and higher."
-James Sohre, Opera Today
"Mr. Ngqungwana’s Porgy was deep and nuanced...his stage presence was commanding, and his rich delivery excelled throughout."
- Seth Lachterman, New York Arts
"Heading the huge cast is bass baritone Musa Ngqungwana. His Porgy has some well earned grit to his voice but also a warm and appealing vibrato that comes through in early numbers like “I Got Plenty of Nothin’."
-Joseph Dalton, Times Union
"It would be hard to think of a better performance than the one provided by Musa Ngqungwana as Porgy. Between his powerful baritone voice and his convincing limp aided by a crutch, he dominated the stage whenever he appeared."
-David Kent, Cooperstown Crier
"The artists fully conveyed the characters’ vulnerability without making the audience conscious of their solid vocal technique. Mr. Ngqungwana’s ebony voice abounds with sheer power in the lowest ranges yet rises to a clarion top..."
-Richard Carter, Blasting News
Opera at Glimmerglass Festival
"South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana portrayed Porgy's heart-wrenching loneliness and repressed anger, his sweetness and longing, with sincerity and depth. His singing was resonant and full and tender and loving. His chemistry with the Bess of Talise Trevigne was a delight."
-David Browning, Taminophile______________________________________
Tosca at CANADIAN OPERA COMPANY (MAY 2017)
"The show kicks off well with Musa Ngqungwana's bold and beautiful bass-baritone as Angelotti; he fills the house with a lovely sound that holds all the urgency of a man on the run. His frantic scene sets an honest bar for quality singing, foreshadowing the kind of singing we would get from the title character."
-Jenna Douglas, Schmopera
Don Giovanni at FLORENTINE OPERA (MARCH 2017)
"Musa Ngqungwana created a thoroughly likable, consistently funny Leporello, coloring the role with a big soaring sound and handling comic whining and big, stand-and-deliver moments with equal ease."
-Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
"The vocal and physical counterpoint is his servant, Leporello, played with flailing hysterics and effective bass baritone by Musa Ngqungwana."
-Dominique Paul Noth, Urban Milwaukee
Moby Dick at DALLAS OPERA (NOVEMBER 2016)
"The South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana warmly inhabits the role of the exotic harpooner Queequeg."
-Scott Cantrel, Dallas News
"Musa Ngqungwana excelled as Queequeg. South Africa’s bass-baritone is resonant, assured, and soothing as he develops a warm friendship with Greenhorn. Indeed, in place of the love duet in a more conventional operatic plot, there is a duet between Greenhorn and Queequeg, sung from the riggings, a beautiful paean to bromance."
-J. Robin Coffelt, Texas Classical Review
"...powerful presence of bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg."
-Monica Smart, Dallas Observer
The Thieving Magpie at GLIMMERGLASS OPERA (JULY & AUGUST 2016)
"As the rapacious mayor who seeks to dishonor Ninetta, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana produced imposingly dark sounds."
-Fred Cohn, Opera News
"Musa Ngqungwana, a powerful bass-baritone, who has designs on Ninetta, strutted and loomed like a vulture in a dark red coat."
-Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal
"Impressive in every note is South African-born Musa Ngqungwana as the Mayor. He supplies the required electricity in this peculiar libretto."
-James Mackillop, Syracuse New-Times
"Another standout was Musa Ngqungwana as the mayor, Gottardo...his acting created a loathsome menace that made Scarpia seem benign."
-Ken Keaton, Classical Voice North America
"Another Philadelphia AVA graduate, South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, was a formidable Podesta (mayor). Ngqungwana’s mayor mixes his private lust with his judicial functions (that include executing servants suspected of stealing spoons). As the opera’s villain, Ngqungwana sang eloquently."
-William Burnett, Opera War Horses
"Musa Ngqungwana gives a vivid portrayal of the predatory mayor."
-Michael Johnson, ConcertoNet
"...Musa Ngqungwana, as the lecherous Mayor – provided robust tones and memorable characterizations."
-Charles Geyer, My Scena
The Elixir of Love at GULFSHORE OPERA (April 2016)
"...The vocal sparring between her and Musa Ngqungwana on "Lo son ricco e tu sei bella (I am rich and you are beautiful)" is a textbook model on how to sing the village square battle of wits between self-appointed emcee Dulcamara and Adina.... The real glue behind this opera is the wily Dr. Dulcamara, played by Ngqungwana, another veteran to his role. A stage-filling, cheerful opportunist who sees no as a request for more information, Dulcamara is out to sell cheap Bordeaux to everyone as a rat-killer, wrinkle remover and — what Nemorino craves — a love potion. Ngqungwana's rich bass has flexibility as well as power, and he obviously relished his larger-than-life role."
-Harriet Howard Heithaus, Naples Daily News
"It was an amalgam of soap opera, sitcom, love story for the ages, and outstanding operatic performances, all rolled into one.... South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana just about stole the show with his portrayal of the nefarious medicine man, Dulcamara, out to dupe poor Nemorino, selling him his bogus magic potion. “What a simpleton. He hopes to compete with a sergeant,” he snickers. “Tomorrow I shall be far away.”
His was mischievousness personified."
-Bill Jones, Sun News Correspondent
Moby-Dick at LOS ANGELES OPERA (OCTOBER 2015)
"Musa Ngqungwana was an intense, commanding Queequeg whose musings showed the spiritual side of the voyage."
-Maria Nockin, Opera Today
"Adding an exotic, spiritual element to the opera was the rich, textured voice of Ngqungwana as Queequeg, who in the story hails from a royal lineage of his island nation."
-Humberto Capiro, Living Out Loud
"In the cast, Ngqungwana projects an impressive presence as Queequeg"
-Jim Farber, Los Angeles Daily News
"Musa Ngqungwana, an earnest Queequeg..."
-Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times
"Bass baritone Musa Ngqungwana as Queequeg was a haunting presence, commanding our respect as the noble and enlightened soul."
-Devon Wendell, The International Review of Music
"Greenhorn played by Joshua Guerrero and Queequeg played by Musa Ngqungwana also deserve special attention for their superb singing..."
-Paula Edelstein, AXS.com
Musa's Closing Recital, Grahamstown 2015 National Arts Festival (JULY 6, 2015)
"Ngqungwana, who was born in the Eastern Cape but is now based in the USA, has a sumptuous voice. It is rich, powerful and sonorous, and seems come from the depths of his soul. He displayed admirable control and precision, and considerable musicality in a performance of some distinction. ...Ngqungwana sings with an outwardly effortless ease. He has a wonderful voice, substantial stage presence and considerable charisma. He appears to be the whole deal and it is little wonder that he has a fast-growing international reputation. ...All in all it was a concert to be savoured and remembered." ...Continue reading full review here.
-Keith Millar, Artsmart.com
Musa's Gala Performance, Grahamstown 2015 National Arts Festival (JULY 5, 2015)
"Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music, Musa Ngqungwana, excelled in his presentation of Vous qui faites l’endormie, with each phrase displaying his considerable abilities for musical and dramatic characterization.Each gesture and vocal nuance added to his interpretation; attributes that enriched appreciation of his impressively interpreted encore, I Got Plenty of Nuttin’. ...Revelling in the declamatory wonders of Peter Klatzow’s I am an African, Ngqungwana revealed his versatility in confidently and expressively handling Klatzow’s melodic angularity." ...Continue reading full review here.
-Jeffery Brukman, Cue Online
"Featured as a soloist at the concert was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Musa Mgqungwana. He is a powerful baritone with a voice of rich clarity and depth."
-Keith Millar, Artsmart.com
Musa Featured in Recital at the Grahamstown 2015 National Arts Festival (JULY 4, 2015)
"In a brace of three French chanson, bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana – this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Music – proved his mettle as a recitalist of merit. Communicating the essence of each song with unrestrained emotion, Ngqungwana’s close identification with the artistic idiom underpinned his ability to transfer the soul of each chanson with untrammelled abandon." ...Continue reading full review here.
-Jeffery Brukman, Cue Online
L’elisir d’amore with FLORENTINE OPERA (MAY 2015)
"Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana was an absolutely magnetic presence in the role of Dulcamara. He used his physical stature, open, expressive face and big, burnished sound to create a delightful snake-oil salesman who eventually believes his own hype."
-Elaine Schmidt, The Journal Sentinel
"Dulcamara, the traveling huckster of potions, is portrayed with fun, comic gestures and tremendously clear patter by bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana. He appears larger than life in his dazzling raspberry-sherbet plaid suit and green shirt, and his voice is big, rich, and in tune. You could set your watch by his rhythm. When full ensemble numbers occasionally went adrift between the pit and the stage, Ngqungwana’s precision helped reel it all back in."
-William Barnewitz, Urban Milwaukee Dial
"Ngqungwana brought comic flair and sure musicality to the patter songs of the huckster salesman."
-Paul Kosidowski, Milwaukee Magazine
... has been praised by the New York Times for his "rich, glowing voice and elegant legato." In 17/18 Musa makes his London debut with ENO, and returns to Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, and The Glimmerglass Fesstival.
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