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After being Ernesto in last November's Don Pasquale, South African tenor Levy Sekgapane returned to Bari to play the role of Conte d'Almaviva in perhaps an even more credible manner, as Rossini's colouratura allowed him to perform formidable vocal feats, most evident in the final rondo Cessa di più resistere, performed with absolute precision [...]
Il barbiere di Siviglia - Teatro Petruzzelli Bari, Jan 30, 2023
Am beeindruckendsten aber Levy Sekgapane. Der junge südafrikanische Tenor zeigte u. a. bei der Arie Ah dov’è, dov’è il cimento aus Semiramide Belcanto der Weltklasse. Sekgapane sollte in Hinkunft öfters in der Staatsoper vorbeischauen.
Rossini-Gala - Wiener Staatsoper, Jul 10, 2022


Born in Kroonstad, South Africa, Levy Sekgapane studied under Kamal Khan and Hanna van Niekerk at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. In 2015 he joined the Young Ensemble at Semperoper Dresden for a year. In his young career, he has already developed two signature roles: Il Conte Almaviva in Il BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA, which he sang in a new production at Glyndebourne Opera Festival, at Opéra national de Paris, at German Opera Berlin and Opéra national de Bordeaux. On the other hand Don Ramiro in LA CENERENTOLA, which he performed in productions at Munich State Opera, Hamburg State Opera and Los Angeles Opera.

With these two roles, Levy made remarkable house debuts last season: Conte Almaviva at Vienna State Opera, followed by Don Ramiro at Opera Zürich, where he shared the stage with Cecilia Bartoli. He returned to Cape Town Opera for the role debut of Nadir in LES PECHEURS DE PERLES, went back to Teatro Petruzzelli Bari for DON PASQUALE and BARBIERE DI SIVIGLIA and debuted I PURITANI at Theatre des Champs-Elysees.

Levy will open the 2023/24 season with LA CENERENTOLA at Semperoper Dresden, in a new production at Theatre des Champs-Elysees, then at Lyric Opera Boston as well as at Theatre du Capitole Toulouse. With DON PASQUALE he will return to Vienna State Opera and will debut OTELLO (Rossini) in Frankfurt as well as LA SONNAMBULA in Munich. Future projects will bring him back to La Monnaie in Brussels, to Liceu Barcelona and to Opera national de Paris.

Other highlights of his young career include his debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg singing the first New-Year’s-Eve-Gala concert ever with Olga Peretyatko under the baton of James Conlon. He sang ADINA at Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, ENRICO DI BORGOGNA at Donizetti Festival in Bergamo, IDOMENEO at Salzburg Festival and L’ELISIR D’AMORE during the Whitsun Festival at State Theatre Wiesbaden.

Levy is 1st prize winner of the International Belvedere singing competition (2015), of the Monserrat Caballé singing competition (2015) and of Placido Domingo’s OPERALIA (2017). In 2019, his first solo CD with Rossini arias was released by Prima Classic – recorded with the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti.

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