For 22 years, RMB Starlight Classics has been the place to witness breathtaking talent from across the globe perform alongside fledging stars – and this year is no different.
Siyabonga Maqungo, an acclaimed South African tenor currently living and working in Germany, has an especially close relationship with RMB Starlight Classics. He first took part in the AfroSymphonic musical extravaganza over a decade ago as one of the FNB 20 tenors – while he was still studying, having been a part of the Mzansi Youth Choir. Maqungo’s opera career has steadily ascended since then, he has performed on some of the top stages across the globe, and he made a notable return to the RMB Starlight Classics stage in 2017 as one of the Three Tenors. In April 2019, he made his sensational debut as David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg at Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin under Daniel Barenboim’s baton, which earned him a nomination for Young Singer of the Year at the International Opera Awards. In January 2020, Maqungo announced that he will be joining the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Ensemble – an incredible achievement – from next season. ‘Moving to Germany years ago, Berlin was on top of my bucket list,’ he says. ‘I’m still trying to digest everything as it is a dream come true. After my debut last year April, I’m looking forward to being part of this amazing house with wonderful people.’
Joining Maqungo on stage at Vergelegen Wine Estate on 28 and 29 February 2020 is South African soprano Nombulelo Yende, the audience prize-winner for Neue Stimmen 2019, who returns to the RMB Starlight Classics stage after her triumphant performance in Johannesburg in September 2019; international musical theatre star Jonathan Roxmouth; and singer-songwriter and Expresso TV host Katlego Maboe. The stellar guest artists will be accompanied by the proudly South African Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the captivating Mzansi Youth Choir and Jazzart Dance Theatre company.
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