Opera

Agos Moahi and Isabella Masote are two of South Africa's greatest opera talents. They have worked together on numerous occasions at corporate functions, concerts and private parties. They have respectively enjoyed esteemed careers and are both recipients of top South African opera awards. Agos and Isabella have individually shared the stage with the cream of South African singing talent.Their repertoire includes Viglia, Vienna City of My Dreams, La Luna, I Feel Pretty and O mio Babbino Cara, all sung by Isabella. O Sole Mio, Nessum Dorma and Querta Quella are sung by Agos. Isabella and Agos' beautifully sung duets include Love Changes Everything, Time to say Goodbye, Funiculi Funicula, Brindisi (La Traviata) and You'll Never Walk Alone.Agos and Isabella's performance is a majestic contribution to any classy event.

Tenor Agos Moahi studied opera at the Pretoria Technikon Opera School. Shortly after graduating he joined the Pact Opera Chorus for which he sang The Marriage of Figaro, Dialogue of the Carmelites, Fidelio and principal roles such as Rodolfo in La Boheme, Beppo in Rita and Alfred in Die Fledermaus. As one of Gauteng's Three Tenors Agos sang at the Roodepoort City Opera, the Presidential Guest House, the Last Night of the Nedbank Proms, a dinner for Minister of Finance Trevor Manuel, the Alan Paton Awards and for the Mandela Children's Fund.Agos has shared the stage with well-known South African diva, Sibongile Khumalo. He has performed at the Namibian Arts Festival and at numerous corporate functions for clients BMW, Budget, Rand Merchant Bank and ISES to name a few. His vast repertoire includes English, African and Italian songs, some examples of which are Love Changes Everything, This is the Moment, Wonderful World, O Sole Mio, Santa Lucia, Panis Angelucus, Pata Pata and Meadow Lands.In 1994 Agos was awarded the Opera Foundation Prize and the SAA Prize for Most Promising Young Artist. He won the award for Community Builder of the Year in 1999 for which he received a standing ovation from former President Nelson Mandela.

The exquisitely talented Charl van Heyningen has performed several lead roles as a lyric baritone and in 1992 he performed in his first play, A Touch of Webber, a Taste of Rice. His debut album, Maskers, recorded in 1998, received a South African Music Awards nomination for Best Male Artist. His second album, Life is Beautiful / La Vita Bella, released in June 2001, was nominated for two Geraas Music Awards. Songs from the album have had extensive airplay on various radio station and have been featured on television numerous times.Charl's recent endeavors include his critically acclaimed first solo cabaret All for Love, the enormously successful Who Stole The Orchestra in which he collaborates with Karen Meiring and Bondina Osterhof (of Cutt Glass) as well as Rory Rootenberg, and his latest stage show Life is Beautiful.Charl and well-known South-African singer Manuel Escorcio have joined forces for the show, Partners of Note/ Nootvennote, as well as a CD of the same name.

Formed in 1997 and consisting of Agos Moahi, Given Mabena and Lucky Sibande, the trio studied music in the Opera Department of the Pretoria Technikon under the tuition of Eric Muller and Pierre du Toit and were each awarded National Diplomas for Performing Arts in Opera.The Tenors have performed all over South Africa, notably at the SABC Community Builder of the Year Awards Ceremony in 1998, attended by President Nelson Mandela and Dr. Mangosuthu Buthelezi and in 1999 at the VIP dinner for the opening ceremony of the All Africa Games. They have respectively had solo performances at Ama Opera-Opera with Sibongile Mngoma at Vodaworld and performed at corporate functions for Afrox, SAA, Marconi Communication and Tribute Magazine to name a few.The Three South African Tenors have shared a stage with Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Aviva Pelham, the NAPOP Orchestra and Sibongile Khumalo to name a few.

Juanita Kruger made her professional debut in 1987 in It's Better with A Band directed by the late Geoffrey Sutherland. A number of revues followed and in 1991 she shared the lead role with Kate Normington in My Fair Lady. She continued to work in musicals, pantomimes and revues for Napac as well as in corporate theatre and as a session singer and jingles vocalist.In 1993 Juanita played the lead in the national touring version of Oklahoma! This was followed by Maria in the Sound of Music, Tropical Rhythm, New York State of Mind, Hair and the Magic of Walt Disney to name a few. In 1994 she acted in the PACT/CAPAB production Crazy For You and in 1995/96 in Pact's West Side Story, directed by acclaimed American director, Alan Johnson. Juanita has received two Vita nominations for her roles in The Sound of Music and West Side Story respectively. In 1999 she and Joseph Clark appeared with the National Chamber Orchestra in a number of sold out concerts covering a broad spectrum of showstoppers from the musicals, movies, and pop charts. And in 2000 Juanita and Joseph Clark re-opened the Port Elizabeth Opera House with their show, A Night with the Stars, for which they received rave revues.Juanita has worked as a soloist / guest artist with the country's top orchestra's including; the New Arts Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Chamber Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra, and the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra. She participated in the Pretoria Pops with Andre Shwartz (conducted by Graham Scott) and The Best of Broadway with the National Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Michael Hankinson) at their annual Picnic Proms at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens - to name a few.
Juanita is extensively involved in all aspects of corporate entertainment including performance, compilation, scripting and directing.

MUSIC PROFILE· Studied music at the University of the Witwatersrand, 1993-1996. Tutored by Emma Renzi.
· Featured in productions by the Wits Scholl of music between 1993-1996
· Featured as Tanga in Operetta entitled "Child of the Moon" at Johannesburg civic Theatre.
· Featured as Nandi at the very first performance of Mzilikazi Khumalo's Ushaka ka Senzangakhona.
· Have sung at concerts staged in Johannesburg and Swaziland
· Performed in lunch hour concert at Standard Bank, Simmonds Street,
· Featured as soloist at numerous choir concerts
· Have worked with and trained choirs from 1993 to date.
· Have adjudicated at school choirs and adult choirs choral competitions
· Present voice tutor :Carla pohlRepertoire
Serious Music - solo
Estrano from La Traviata by Antonio Verdi
Ebben Ne Andro lontana from La Wally by Alfredo Catalani
Itu Che Di Gel from Turandot by Puccini
Signore Ascolta from Turandot by Puccini
Vado, Ma Dove, a song by W. A. Mozart
Oh! Mio Babbino Caro, from Giani Schichi by Puccini
Ah non Credea, from La Sonambulla by V.Bellini
Last Aria from La Traviata by Antonio Verdi
Light Music - solo
Summer time, from poggy and Bess
In other words, a song by Bart How
Born Free, a song by Don Black & John Barry
Danny Boy, a folksong
You'll Never walk Alone, by R. Rodgers
Moon River by Johnny Mercer & Henry Mancini
Manttle of blue by Frank Bridge
Over The Rainbow by Harold Arlen
Don't cry for me Argentina from Evita by A. Lloyd Webber
No One Like You, By Sarah Brightman
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon
Memory by Lloyd Webber
DUETS (Soprano & Tenor)
Parigio Cara from La Traviata by Antonio Verdi
Undi Felice from La Traviata by Antonio Verdi
Love Changes Everything by A. Lloyd Webber
Time to say Goodbye by Sarah Brightman
You Are Love by Jerome Kern
Brindis (Drinking song) from La Traviata by Antonio Verdi
DUETS - Soprano & Bass Baritone
Just Show Me How To Love you by Sarah Brightman
La Ci Darem, from Don Giovanni by W. A. Mozart
All I Ask Of You, from 'Phantom of the Opera' by Lloyd WebberENSEMBLES
TRIO (Soprano, Mezzo - soprano and baritone)
So Ave Sia llvento from Cosi van Tutte by W.A. MozartQuartet (Soprano, mezzo - soprano, tenor and baritone)
Bella Figlia dell'a more from Rigolleto by Antonio Verdi

Sibongile Khumalo is a talented singer whose diversity is noted in her ability to be at home within different musical genres. Her music professor father's multi-disciplined approach to her education, allowed for Sibongile's exploration of a variety of musical genres.Sibongile has had many sold-out performances, notably The Three Faces of Sibongile Khumalo, 1992, which earned her the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music in 1993. Her operatic debut was as Carmen at the Royal Albert Hall in London in a concert honouring Nelson Mandela. She has performed with opera diva Aviva Pelham and in Handel's Messiah with the late Lord Yehudi Menuhin. In 2001, she performed with Hugh Masekela for his MAAPSA benefit concert.Her first album was released in 1996, Ancient Evenings, it won both Best Female Vocal Performance and Best Adult Contemporary Performance at the FNB South African Music Awards. In 1998 Sibongile released her second album, a live recording of a performance, Live at the Market Theatre. The album won Sibongile Best Adult Contemporary Performance, an FNB South African Music Award for it. Immortal Secrets was released in 2000. In 1999, Sibongile was awarded an FNB Vita Award for Best Musical Performance of the Year for her collaboration with sopranos Aviva Pelham and Virginia Davids in Divine Divas. She was hailed for her FNB Vita Award winning performance in the World premier of Buchuland and her Women of Africa tour of Europe with fellow African singers.Sibongile Khumalo's strong sense of self and culture make her the embodiment of South Africa in all its diversity. Her prestigious awards and overseas and local performances attest to her professionalism and popularity.

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