South African tenor Levy Sekgapane studied under Kamal Khan and Hanna van Niekerk at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.
During this time, he participated in different opera productions in South Africa. After winning the first prize at the International Belvedere singing competition as well as the first prize at the Monserrat Caballé singing competition in 2015, he became known in the international opera scene. In the summer of 2017, he won the first prize at Operalia, whereupon many debuts at major opera houses followed, including the Paris National Opera, Bavarian State Opera in Munich and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.
In the 2019/20 season, Levy will return for The Barber of Seville to Teatro Massimo di Palermo and for Adina to Wexford Opera. At Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège he will give his house debut singing La Cenerentola. For The Barber of Seville and La Cenerentola he will return to Bavarian State Opera in Munich. At National Theatre Mannheim he will sing a gala show of Don Pasquale. Besides that, he will return to Barcelona to sing The Barber of Seville and to give his role debut as Idreno in Rossini’s Semiramide.
In the last season he gave with Adina his debut at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. With The Barber of Seville he gave his South America debut in Santiago di Chile and sung for the first time at the Donizetti Festival in Bergamo. As Count Almaviva he gave his house debut at National Opera Bordeaux and he returned to State Opera Hamburg to sing Il Turco in Italia. In the new production of The Barber of Seville in Glyndebourne, Levy appeared as Count Almaviva. Besides that, he gave his house and role debut as Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Latvian National Opera Riga. He finished the season with his debut as Arbace in Idomeneo at the Salzburg Festival.
Other highlights of his young career include his debut as Count Almaviva at National Opera Paris and at German Opera Berlin. At the Royal Opera Copenhagen, he sung the Count Libenskof in a new production of Il Viaggio a Reims. He debuted as Ramiro in La Cenerentola at Bavarian State Opera and Hamburg State Opera. During the Whitsun Festival at State Theatre Wiesbaden, he debuted as Nemorino in L'Elisir d'Amore. On the concert stage he gave his debut at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg singing the first New-Years-Eve-Gala concert together with Olga Peretyatko under the baton of James Conlon.
In August 2019, his first solo CD of Rossini arias was released by Prima Classic – recorded with the Munich Radio Orchestra conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti.
Learn more at LevySekgapane.com.