Coert Grobbelaar

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Born (1964-10-15) October 15, 1964 (age 59)
NationalitySouth African
CitizenshipSouth Africa
EducationLaw Degree
Alma materUniversity of Johannesburg
  • Operatic Tenor
  • Heldentenor
  • C C Cultural Award (2018)
  • International Golden Key Award (2018)
  • Sedibeng Regional Mayoral Award (2016)
  • Sedibeng Tourism Award for VaalTri Ensemble (2016)

Coert Grobbelaar (born 15 October 1964) is a South African Operatic Tenor. Although Grobbelaar is primarily a Heldentenor which is suited to the more dramatic roles, he has sung many roles calling for a more lyrical voice, and has gained acclaim as a lieder singer. He was a founding member of Sempre Opera. Grobbelaar founded the VaalTri School for Opera and Light Music which focusses primarily on training talented singers from disadvantaged backgrounds.[1][2]


After first studying law at the University of Johannesburg, then known as Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit, Grobbelaar sang in the provincial debut of Beethoven's Fidelio in 1988 at the Roodepoort Civic Theatre. Grobbelaar performed in several concerts with acclaimed South African Soprano, Mimi Coertse, and other South African singers. In 1990 he sang the role of the Commissioner in Dialogue of the Carmelites, an opera by Francis Poulenc, directed by Emma Renzi. He sang the role of Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus ,by Johann Strauss. He also sang the tenor solo in Ariel Ramirez's Misa Criolla. He moved to Germany in 1995 to continue studies as an opera singer.[3] He sang in various opera productions in Europe, primarily in Germany and Italy and returned to South Africa regularly to perform in operas, concerts and other productions. In 2000 he performed at the KKNK with actress Anette Engelbrecht in a new production based on the work of C. Louis Leipoldt. He was also a member of the Black Tie Ensemble.[4] In 2003 he initiated a new production with composer Niel Van Der Watt and actress Marga Van Rooy, based on the poetry of NP Van Wyk Louw. Grobbelaar sang in various productions for Gauteng Opera, Sempre Opera, Opera Africa and other production companies.[5][6]



Fidelio - Beethoven(as the Prisoner)

La Boheme - Puccini (as Rodolfo)

Le Dialoques des Carmélites - Poulenc (as the Commissaire)

Carmen - Bizet (Don José)

Cavaleria Rusticana - Mascagni (as Turridu)

Rigoletto - Verdi (as Borsa)

Amahl and the night visitors - Menotti (as Melchior)

Tronkvoël - Niel Van Der Watt (as kolonel Boerseun)


Die Fledermaus - Johann Strauss (as Eisenstein)

Ein Walzertraum - Oscar Strauss (Luitenant Nicki)

Victoria und ihr Husar - Paul Abraham (as Stefan Koltay)

Lieder Cycles

Die schöne mullerin - Schubert

Liedwerk van Klip - Niel Van der Watt

Poèmes de Guillaume Apollinaire - Honegger

Awards and Recognition

Stars for Charity Award

Wiggett trophy

Dennis van Schoor trophy

ATKV 2007 Oorkonde

ATKV Forum for Singers 2016

Sedibeng Tourism Award for VaalTri Ensemble 2016

Sedibeng Regional Mayoral Award 2016

International Golden Key Award 2018

C C Cultural Award 2018

Selected Discography

My life for a Song - 1999

Bella Napoli - 2008

'n Oulap se eie goed - 2015

In the media



  2. "Musicians entertain audience at the NG Church". Alberton Record. 2018-12-11. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  3. "University of Pretoria honours opera legend Mimi Coertse | University of Pretoria". Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  4. "Coert Grobbelaar - ESAT". Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  5. "Thaba Ya Batswana goes all out for seniors". Comaro Chronicle. 2014-08-12. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  6. " - Duo to sing at lunch-time concert". Artslink. Retrieved 2020-07-29.

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