Sakhiew Mkosana

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by Ana Diana Stanescu
December 14, 2022

INTRODUCTION

We have to be honest with you: the opera world is a very tough one and it gets a lot of effort to reach the top. This is why we truly admire the young artists who are constantly working and never don’t give up. One of these examples is Sakhiwe Mkosana, who talks with Ana Stanescu about how he discovered his passion for opera and how he took action to achieve his goals. He won some important competitions, so we thought it would be very useful to find out how he chooses the proper repertoire, and how he stays in a good shape. He shares with us some tips & tricks for building a good breathing technique and for overcoming stage anxiety. There are so many young talented singers out there who want to succeed, but very few who actually do. The difference? Perseverance and everyday training, the desire to be the best version of themselves every day. Thank you, Sakhiwe, for inspiring us! Enjoy reading!

BIOGRAPHY

After he finished his studies at the University of Fort Hare, he got accepted at the Cape Town Opera chorus and he worked as an Ad Hoc. He gained a lot of experience from the chorus work, which included an opportunity to do a tour with the company doing a production The Passion of Christ. In July of 2019, he also had the privilege of performing in Orpheeu et Euridice as part of the chorus with the Cape Town Opera. He also did a tour in Germany performing the concert version of Porgy and Bess. The final production that he did with Cape Town Opera was La Bohème, in February 2020. At the beginning of 2020 he became a student of the University of Cape Town, doing his Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance, under the guidance of Prof. Jeremy Silver, and Prof. Patrick Tikolo. He also had the opportunity to perform Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte by Mozart with the University of Cape Town. He won the Schock Foundation Singing Competition 2021. He also participated in the Friends of the Cape Town Bursary Competition 2022 and won the second prize. Sakhiwe recently took part in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition 2022, which was held in Gutersloh, and won the Second prize in the male category. He participated in the 8th International Opera Singing Competition of Portofino 2022, where he won the Eva Kleinitz Award.

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INTERVIEW

Dear Sakhiwe, I am so happy to have you here as my guest and find out more about you as an artist and human being. Tell me a little bit about your roots and the environment you grew up in. Did you discover your passion for opera at a young age? Dear Ana, thank you […]

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Since 2018 she has been studying Law at “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University in Iași.

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Her interests include pursuing a degree in interior design in 2020.

Alexandru Suciu

Alexandru Suciu inherited his passion for art growing up in a family of several generations of musicians. He began his musical studies at the “Augustin Bena” School of Music in Cluj, where he studied piano and guitar. Even though his main study direction was philological, his passion for music prevailed. He began his academical journey at the Faculty of Letters of the “Babeș-Bolyai” University, studying Comparative literature and English. He continued by studying Opera Singing at the “Gheorghe Dima” National Music Academy. He also graduated the Musical Education section, followed by Artistic Directing at the Musical Performing Arts department.

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