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Lukhanyo Moyake

Musician

South African tenor Lukhanyo Moyake was a member of the Wiener Staatsoper ensemble in 2018/19, where he sang in numerous roles including Ismael in Nabucco, Arturo in Lucia di lammermoor, Naraboth in Salome.

Lukhanyo Moyake was a member of the Cape Town Opera Young Artist Programme in 2010, where he has performed in numerous leading roles. In Cape Town he has performed the roles of Alfredo in La Traviata, Jaquino in Fidelio, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, and Narraboth in Salome.

During the 2017-18 season he made his debut with English National Opera performing Alfredo in a new production of La traviata directed by Daniel Kramer and also sang the Steuermann in a new production Der fliegende Holländer with Cape Town Opera directed by Matthew Wild. He also made his debut as Don Jose in Braunschweig Staatstheater. As a soloist, he sang with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s A White House Cantata conducted by Wayne Marshall. In the 2016-17 season he made an important house and role debut as Don José in Carmen at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, took the stage as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and made his role debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Cape Town Opera in a new Marthinus Basson production. He also appeared in a Gala concert with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern alongside soprano Siobhan Stagg. In the 2014-15 season he celebrated two important house debuts in Spain, singing the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess at Teatro Real in Madrid and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in a production by Cape Town Opera.

Lukhanyo graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, followed by post-graduate studies at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town. Mr. Moyake won 3rd prize in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in 2015 in Gütersloh, Germany, and was a finalist in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, held in Amsterdam in 2015 and in Cape Town in 2016. In 2016 he also won the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis of the SWR in Landau, Germany. Furthermore, he represented South Africa in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2017. Alongside his career in opera, the tenor regularly appears in concerts, recitals and oratorios.