Lyric Opera of Chicago

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

 Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi headshot

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A native of KwaZulu-Natal and former resident of Cape Town, South Africa, soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi is a second-year member of the Ryan Opera Center. She obtained her diploma in opera in 2010 and her postgraduate diploma in music performance in 2012, both from the University of Cape Town, at the 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, Konstanze/Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Antonia/Les contes d'Hoffmann, all at Cape Town Opera; and both Stravinsky's Anne Trulove/The Rake's Progress and Rossini's Madama Cortese/Il viaggio a Reims at Baster Theatre. She has also been heard in the United States, portraying Adina/L'elisir d'amore at Virginia's Barter Theatre and Susanna/Le nozze di Figaro at Brown University. In the 2014-15 season at Lyric Mkhwanazi appeared as Clara/Porgy and Bess (debut) and The Magic Victrola. This upcoming season at Lyric she performs in Le nozze di Figaro and Der Rosenkavalier.

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi is sponsored by Richard P. and Susan Kiphart and Drs. Funmi and Sola Olopade.

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Ryan Opera Center 2015-2016 Ensemble

 

Sopranos       Mezzo-sopranos  
 Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi

 Diana Newman

Diana
Newman

 Laura Wilde

Laura
Wilde 

   Lindsay Metzger

Lindsay Metzger

 Annie Rosen

Annie
Rosen
 

Tenors        
 Alec Carlson

Alec
Carlson

 Jesse Donner

Jesse
Donner

 Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Johnson

 Mingjie Lei

Mingjie
Lei

Baritones       Bass-baritone  
 Anthony Clark Evans

Anthony Clark Evans

 Takaoki Onishi

Takaoki
Onishi

   Richard Ollarsaba

Richard Ollarsaba
 

Basses     Pianist  
 Patrick Guetti

Patrick
Guetti

 Bradley Smoak

Bradley
Smoak

   Mario Marra

Mario Antonio Marra