Musa Ngqungwana, South African Bass-Baritone


Musa's book cover

Philadelphia, PA: Musa's autobiography, Odyssey of an African Opera Singer: From Zwide Township to the World Stage, is now available for purchase in digital download (Kindle edition) and paperback form!

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Musa Makes Debut with Palm Beach Opera in Carmen

January 2016: Musa appears as Zuniga in Bizet's Carmen with Palm Beach Opera. Performances are January 22, 23 & 24, 2016 at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach, Florida.



Musa Debuts with LA Opera in Moby-Dick

October 2015: This Autumn Musa Ngqungwana makes his Company Debut with LA Opera as Queequeg in Jake Heggie's epic opera Moby-Dick. Epic in every sense of the word, Moby-Dick comes to Los Angeles after a series of sold out triumphs around the world.



Musa Gives Recitals at Grahamstown National Arts Festival, Receives Raves

July 2015: Musa Ngqungwana, featured in recital on July 4, 5 and 6, is this year’s Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Music. In review Jeffery Brukman of Cue Online wrote "Musa proved his mettle as a recitalist of merit..."




Bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana has been praised by the New York Times for his "rich, glowing voice and elegant legato." He is a native of native of Port Elizabeth, South Africa and a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.


Since 2007 Musa's vocal promise has been recognized far and wide: in 2014 alone Mr. Ngqungwana was nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Musa is also the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo/Dr.Campbell Award from Opera Index in NYC and a third prize winner of the Giulio Gari and Gerda Lissner International Vocal Competitions. He was also the 2013 Grand Finals Winner of the prestigious Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.  Musa's full biogrphy can be read here >