HIFA 1-6 May

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

South Africa

A native of KawZulu-Natal and former resident of Cape Town, South Africa, soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi is a Alumni of the Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric opera of Chicago. She obtained her diploma in opera in 2010 and her postgraduate diploma in music performance in 2012, both from the University of Cape Town, South African College of Music. The soprano's successes in competitions include her homeland's SAMRO International Singing Scholarship (second prize) and Muzicanto Singing Competition (first prize), as well as Vienna's 2012 Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition (second overall prize, media jury prize, audience prize). Among her leading roles in Cape Town have been Fiordiligi/Così fan tutte and Antonia/Les contes d'Hoffmann, all at Cape Town Opera; Stravinsky's Anne Trulove/The Rake's Progress and Rossini's Madama Cortese/Il viaggio a Reims at Baxter Theatre. She made her Chicago Symphony Orchestra debut as Therese in Poulenc’s opera Les Mamelles de Tiresias conducted by Mo Christie. In 2014, Hlengiwe made her debut with Lyric Opera of Chicago as Clara in Porgy& Bess. She is the winner of the 2015 Luminarts Cultural woman’s voice competition. In the 2015/16 season she sang the role on Barbarina in Le Nozze di Figaro and Noble orphan1 in Der Rosenkavalier and In the 206/17 season Hlengiwe sang the role of Clotilde in Bellini’s Norma



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