Phenye Modiane takes South African opera to the world stage

Eusebius McKaiser's weekend plans involve indulging in some live opera music.

McKaiser says opera is a stunning art platform but is pained at the lack of support for opera in the country.

McKaiser spoke to Gauteng Opera solo performer Phenye Modiane about the art form in general and the La Boheme production currently showing at the Mandela Joburg Theatre until Sunday, 23 July.

Modiane was born and bred in Ga-Rankuwa in Tshwane.

I didn't know anything about opera, I grew up playing soccer because my uncles played soccer.

Phenye Modiane, Gauteng Opera solo performer

Modiane says he toyed with the idea of music as a career after one of his teachers told him to consider music as a career, since he was already part of the school choir.

In 2002, he represented North West Province at the Tirisano School Choir Eisteddfod (now called SASCE) as a solo tenor, under the guidance of the late Mrs J.C Motshwane. In 2003, he enrolled at Tshwane University of Technology under the guidance of Pierre du Toit.

Listen to the interview with Phenye Modiane here:

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