Lukhanyo Moyake has a magisterial grasp of the Duke’s role. His clear tenor fills the auditorium with the power usually heard in voices of lower register, doing ample justice to familiar arias like Questa o quella and Donna e mobile.
- Cape Times (Rigoletto, Cape Town Opera, February 2017) -
South African tenor Lukhanyo Moyake makes his debut with English National Opera in 2017-18 as Alfredo in a new production of La traviata directed by Daniel Kramer. He also sings the Steuermann in a new production of Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer directed by Matthew Wild for Cape Town Opera and performs in presentations of Cape Town Opera’s Mandela Trilogy in Dubai and Hong Kong. He can be heard as soloist with the Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bernstein’s A White House Cantata conducted by Wayne Marshall and in Viennese New Year’s concerts with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Richard Cock at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch.
Mr. Moyake was a member of the permanent ensemble of Cape Town Opera until the end of 2017, where he performed in numerous leading roles since joining the company as a Young Artist in 2010. He took the stage in roles including Alfredo in La Traviata, Jaquino in Fidelio, Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Leicester in Maria Stuarda, Camille de Rosillon in The Merry Widow, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi, Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress, and Narraboth in Salome.
In the 2016-17 season he made an important house and role debut as Don José in Carmen at Teatro Nacional de São Carlos in Lisbon, took the stage as Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, and made his role debut as the Duke of Mantua in Rigoletto with Cape Town Opera in a new Marthinus Basson production. He also appeared in a Gala concert with the Deutsche Radio Philharmonie Saarbrücken Kaiserslautern alongside soprano Siobhan Stagg.
In the 2014-15 season he celebrated two important house debuts in Spain, singing the role of Sportin’ Life in Porgy and Bess at Teatro Real in Madrid and the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona in a production by Cape Town Opera.
Lukhanyo Moyake graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, followed by post-graduate studies at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town.
Mr. Moyake won 3rd prize in the Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in 2015 in Gütersloh, Germany, and was a finalist in the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition, held in Amsterdam in 2015 and in Cape Town in 2016. In 2016 he also won the Emmerich Smola Förderpreis of the SWR in Landau, Germany. Furthermore, he represented South Africa in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition in 2017.
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His second act lament is beautifully tender, and his “La donna è mobile” a powerful ode to misogyny.
- Artslink (Rigoletto, Cape Town Opera, February 2017) -