LISTEN to South African opera talent in Pietermaritzburg on Sunday, 19 March, when soprano Sibongile Mngoma and tenor Sandile Mabaso will present an opera recital at the Tatham Art Gallery at 3pm.They will also perform at the Pinetown Methodist Church on Saturday at 7 pm.Mngoma started her opera training at the South African College of Music, under the tutelage and mentorship of Professor Angelo Gobbato and Sarita Stern.Mngoma, a 2014 recipient of the Mbokodo award for Opera, has had the opportunity to further her musical studies at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Italy, where she did a specialist course for advanced singers. Among her many opera roles, in 2015 she sang the role of Winnie Mandela in the world premiere of Sibusiso Njeza’s production of Madiba An African Opera at the State Theatre.This versatile singer can move from opera and jazz to gospel and pop within the same concert.Her debut album, A Glimmer of Hope, was nominated for two Sama awards, and she recently recorded a DVD, Opera meets Jazz.Mabaso, a tenor from KwaZulu-Natal, began his musical training at the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School under the direction of Christian Ashley-Botha, and thereafter obtained his Bachelor of Music from the University of Pretoria.He was a member of the Cape Town Opera Vocal Ensemble, with whom he toured Europe, and also made his solo debut with the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra.The German art-song has been his main focus along with his operatic endeavours.Mngoma and Mabaso will be joined by the Vusisizwe Choral Society from KwaNdengezi, Pinetown and will be accompanied on the piano by Midlands pianist Lara Kirsten.They will perform arias, duets and choruses from the world’s most beautiful operas.Mngoma will sing arias from Puccini’s La Boheme and Tosca and Mabaso will be singing from Massenet’s Manon and Donizetti’s L’elisir d’Amour. The Vusisizwe Choral Society will be performing famous opera choruses from Don Pasquale and Cosi fan Tutti.Tickets for both shows cost R110 each (concessions cost R90). For inquiries contact Sandile at 084 598 8125 or e-mail mabaso. firstname.lastname@example.org.Café Tatham will be open from 10 am and will be serving a buffet lunch from 1 pm. Booking for the lunch is essential by calling Rob at 033 342 8327. - Entertainment Reporter.