Musa Ngqungwana

Musa Ngqungwana

Vocalists — Bass-Baritone

"Like the deep voiced Russians and Finns before him, we will soon be learning to pronounce his name: Musa Ngqungwana. His ample and rich voice sounds ready for any stage, and rouses the imagination to consider how he would sound in the major roles of the repertoire." —GB Opera

"Strassberger deployed another high-quality bass, Musa Ngqungwana, as upstager in chief: his High Priest - coiffed to evoke early Bayreuth Mime photos - scuttled around incessantly on canes like a deranged Babylonian Grand Inquisitor." —Opera News

"There were an unusual number of low male voices at this year’s auditions, with the standouts including 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


South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana has been praised by the New York Times for his "rich, glowing voice and elegant legato." He makes a number of company debuts this season, most notably at Los Angeles Opera in the role of Queequeg in Moby Dick, followed by his first performances at The Glimmerglass Festival singing Gottardo in La gazza ladra, and at Palm Beach Opera as Zuniga in Carmen. He returns to Washington National Opera to sing the role of Stephen Kumalo in Kurt Weill’s Lost in the Stars and performs as bass soloist . . .

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