Levy Sekgapane

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Levy Sekgapane
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Born (1990-12-16) December 16, 1990 (age 32)
Kroonstad, South Africa
Occupation(s)Operatic tenor
Years active2013–present
  • Prima Classic
  • Deutsche Grammophon
  • Harmonia Mundi
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CitizenshipSouth Africa
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town

Levy Sekgapane (born December 16, 1990) is a South-African operatic tenor.

The singer is a Bel canto tenor whose repertoire includes roles in operas by G. Rossini, G. Donizetti, W. A. Mozart, J. S. Bach. Sekgapane was named the 30 Under 30 Europe 2018: Arts & Culture by the Forbes magazine.[1]

Early life and education

Levy Sekgapane was born (December, 16 1990) in Kroonstad South Africa. He graduated from the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.[2]

Participation in international vocal competitions

Levy Sekgapane obtained the 1st prize at the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition[3] as well as the 1st prize at the Monserrat Caballé International Singing Competition in 2015. In the summer of 2017, he won the 1st prize at Plácido Domingo's Operalia, the World Opera Competition.[4]

Artistic activity

The singer's stage activity began in Chemnitz (Germany) in 2013 when he sang the role of Don Ramiro in Rossini's La Cenerentola. During the season 2015/16 he became a member of the Young Ensemble of Semperoper in Dresden.[5] The following season he performed the roles of Count Almaviva (Il barbiere di Siviglia) and Don Ramiro, at Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Bavarian State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, and the Latvian National Opera in Riga.[6] He also appeared at Royal Opera Copenhagen, where he sang the role of Il Conte di Libenskof in a new production of Rossini's Il Viaggio a Reims.[7] and in the Whitsun Festival at State Theatre Wiesbaden when he debuted as Nemorino in Donizetti's L’elisir d’amore.[8]

Sekgapane also performed at opera festivals; the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro singing the role of Selimo in Rossini's Adina,[9] the international Donizetti Opera festival[10] in Bergamo singing the role of King Guido in Donizetti's Enrico di Borgogna, Wexford Festival Opera as Selimo,[11] Glyndebourne Festival as Count Almaviva and lastly in the Salzburg Festival singing the role of Arbace in Mozart's Idomeneo.[12]

On the concert stage he gave his debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg singing in the New Year's Eve gala. He took part in a concert dedicated to Maria Callas which was hosted by Theatre Champs-Élysées in Paris. Sekgapane also performed in the AIDS Gala concert hosted annually at Deutsche Oper Berlin to support HIV and AIDS.

Levy Sekgapane in the Media



  1. "Levy Sekgapane". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  2. "klassik.com : Tenor Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat Caballé Gesangswettbewerb". magazin.klassik.com. Retrieved 2020-01-01.
  3. "Belvedere Singing Competition". www.belvedere-competition.com. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  4. "Operalia | Winners". operalia. Retrieved 2019-12-29.
  5. "klassik.com : Tenor Levy Sekgapane gewinnt den Montserrat Caballé Gesangswettbewerb". magazin.klassik.com. 2015-09-16. Retrieved 2020-07-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Levy Sekgapane, tenor". www.operabase.com. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  7. "Reference". www.operabase.com. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  8. "Reference". www.operabase.com. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  9. "Reference". www.operabase.com. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  10. https://www.donizetti.org/en/festival-donizetti/
  11. "Reference". www.operabase.com. Retrieved 2020-07-04.
  12. "Reference". www.operabase.com. Retrieved 2020-07-04.

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