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FULL OPERATUNITY Bongiwe Nakani Documentary 2023

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  • Published by: OperaVision  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: Streaming
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
  • Video Recording from: YouTube     FULL VIDEO

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Mezzo-soprano Bongiwe Nakani is originally from the Eastern Cape and grew up in the improvised settlement of Khayelitsha in Cape Town. Her interest in singing began at the age of 7 thanks to her older sister, who took her to choir rehearsals and choir competitions. After graduating from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town, she made her debut in 2013 as Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia in the Cape Town Opera production. She has been a member of the ensemble of the Vienna State Opera since 2016, where she has sung, among others, Suzuki in Madama Butterfly, Schwertleite in Die Walküre and Ulrica in Un ballo in maschera. She recently made her house debut at the Volksoper as Maria in Porgy und Bess. Bongiwe won 3rd prize at the 2015 New Voices International Singing Competition, was a finalist and audience prize winner at the 2016 Deborah Voight International Singing Competition, and was a semi-finalist at the 2016 Placido Domingo Operalia International Singing Competition in Mexico.

With Operatunity, OperaVision presents a new four-part series focusing on the genuine, personal stories of young opera artists from different parts of South Africa. In collaboration with OperaVision partner Opera for Peace, the series addresses the real-life issues facing young artists preparing for opera performances around the world.

Operatunity is the project of Xolane Marman, an emerging artist and director from Cape Town. He accompanies four singers on their way through training, rehearsals and first roles. We get personal insights into life off the stage and the challenges faced by those hailing from the townships of South Africa. The series ends with a final gala performance where all artists featured in the series meet and sing together for the first time.

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