Mowbray singer rising opera star

2015-11-10 06:00
Lukhanyo Moyake

Lukhanyo Moyake

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Fresh from taking third place at an international singing competition, Mowbray’s Lukhanyo Moyake will be among the voices gracing the stage at this year’s Nederberg Picnic Pops concert.

The tenor recently returned from Germany where he competed against 41 other singers from around the world, to take third place in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition.

“It was very tough.”

Lukhanyo explains that many of the other singers in the competition were more mature.

“Many of them are already working for opera houses all over the world.”

This competition was Lukhanyo’s second chance going up against international singers. Earlier this year he also competed in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Amsterdam. He says he used the event to assess his own abilities and learn from what the other competitors are doing.

When Lukhanyo isn’t sharing his talents with Europe he can be seen on Cape Town stages as a staff soloist for Cape Town Opera. He performed the role of Roberto in Donizetti’s Maria Stuarda for the company just last week.

His favourite role is that of Alfredo in La Traviata. “I like it because of the way the character grows.”

Lukhanyo’s opera career stems from a choral background. After starting out as a choir singer, Lukhanyo started performing as a soloist before deciding to study music and pursue a professional singing career.

On Saturday 21 November he’ll be joining other rising stars as they perform with Arno Carstens and the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra at the Nederburg Picnic Pops concert.

The annual benefit concert aims to showcase young and emerging musicians on a platform where they get the opportunity to share the stage with more recognised names.

Lukhanyo believes that it’s important for artists to educate the next generation about their chosen discipline.

“I think established opera professionals should go to schools and explain everything about our art form, so that when pupils decide to go to university they understand how to manage themselves.”

Lukhanyo will be joined by award-winning soprano Goitsemang Lehobye and jazz singer Adelia Douw, among others, when he performs at the picnic concert.

He says the audience can look forward to hearing him sing popular pieces like “Nessun Dorma”, “O sole Mio” and “Libiamo (Brindisi)”.

The concert starts at 18:00 but gates open at 16:00 and families are encouraged to bring snacks and enjoy the afternoon sun.V Tickets cost R100 each from and children under 12 enter free. Tickets will also be on sale at the gate on the day. Visit or call 021 809 8412 during office hours for more information.WIN! WIN! WIN! V Three families can each win a set of four tickets to enjoy the show. SMS the word “picnic” followed by your email address to 45527 before noon on Monday to enter. SMSes cost R1.50.

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