“Standouts include'd the 28-year-old South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana, who impressed with a rich, glowing voice and elegant legato in his two selections, particularly 'Vi ravviso' from Bellini’s Sonnambula.”
-The New York Times
“…And now this superb bass-baritone, Musa Ngqungwana (better learn to pronounce it correctly, since he will be a big star soon!) His rendition of the Don Quichotte aria was positively thrilling, and the voice is round and full. Bravo to this true winner!”
- “Musa Ngqungwana, a South African bass, sang the title role (Verdi's Oberto) on the evening I
saw the show with a commanding physical and vocal presence. He became more invested in the role emotionally as the opera wore on, earning generous and deserved applause at curtain call.”
“His powerful bass-baritone made his
Dr. Bartolo a menacing adversary for the young lovers and not just a bumbling foil. It also was a pleasure to hear his modulation of his large voice for his rapid fast passages.”
-The Opera Critic
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..."
Musa's Norwegian National Opera Debut in Carmen
January 2015: This month Musa makes his company debut as Zuniga in Carmen with the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo. Performances run from January 23 through March 26, 2015.
Bass-baritone Musa is a recent graduate of the 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. Further awards and honors can be read about here >
The 15/16 Season
In the 2015/16 opera season bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana makes notable Company Debuts with LA Opera (Moby Dick), Palm Beach Opera (Carmen) and Glimmerglass (La Gazza Ladra).
See Musa's full schedule >