Twenty-seven-year-old musicology graduate Menzi Mngoma will fly to Cape Town to audition for the city's opera company next week after a video of the young talent singing for his Uber client went viral.
Mngoma spoke to Kineo Kammies on CapeTalk's Breakfast Show on Friday, saying it was hard to get exposure as an opera singer in South Africa.
Cape Town Opera marketing manager Lesley Liddle said they had been trying to get a hold of Mngoma when they heard him on the show and could finally contact him.
Our plan is to have Menzi come down to Cape Town so that we can do an audition with him and depending on how it goes, find a suitable space in Cape Town Opera for Menzi.— Lesley Liddle, Marketing manager - Cape Town Opera
I have since had a conversation with Menzi and he was absolutely gobsmacked.— Lesley Liddle, Marketing manager - Cape Town Opera
We are just as excited as he is to be able to create some opportunity for him.— Lesley Liddle, Marketing manager - Cape Town Opera
She agrees with Mngoma that studying or pursuing a career in opera in the country is no easy task.
We fortunately through various donors and sponsors are able to once a year do a national tour with graduates and aspiring opera singers across the country. We wish we were able to have a home for all of them.— Lesley Liddle, Marketing manager - Cape Town Opera
Liddle says the closure of Gauteng Opera has also made it difficult for singers to pursue a career in the industry.
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