Chuma Sijeqa | Baritone

Baritone

Chuma Sijeqa

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Biography

Rapidly-rising South-African baritone Chuma Sijeqa has been winning high praise. “The emotional temperature rose when Chuma Sijeqa’s powerful Rigoletto made his entrance,” (Opera magazine). “Sijega is one to watch,” (Opera Today). He was born in Johannesburg, is an Opera for Peace emerging artist, and a Les Azuriales and Jette Parker Artists Programme alumnus, who studied in the vocal arts department of Tshwane University of Technology under Pierre du Toit. He joined Gauteng Opera in 2017, and appeared in a wide range of roles including Gasparo in Donizetti’s Rita and Schaunard in Puccini’s La bohème.  In  2018 he won the second prize at the South Africa International Singing Competition , and the Joseph Karaviotis Prize in the vocal competition of the Les Azuriales Opera Festival. In 2019 he took part in The New Generation Festival in Florence, where he was Don Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. He furthered his studies at the Guildhall School of Music and completed his masters under the guidance of Gary Coward. He has sung Father in Debussy’s The Prodigal Son and Landlord in Philip Hagemann’s Passion, Poison and Petrification for a Pegasus Opera double bill. Other roles include Harašta in Janacek’s The Cunning Little Vixen, Angelotti in Puccini’s Tosca, Second Philistine in Saint-Saëns’s Samson et Dalila, Second Nazarene in Strauss’s Salome, and Speaker in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. He was Dottore Grenvil in Opera Glassworks’s film production of Verdi’s La traviata, and Franz in Jonathan Dove’s Marx in London for Scottish Opera.  

March 2024

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