Pumeza Matshikiza, Soprano
Described as "one of today's most exciting new operatic voices" (Independent), South African soprano Pumeza Matshikiza is one of today’s rising opera stars. An exclusive Decca Classics recording artist, her debut album “Voice of Hope” was released in 2014. Her second album, Arias, was released in May 2016.
This coming season Pumeza returns to La Scala for Porgy and Bess, concerts with leading orchestras and recitals around Europe.
Last season Pumeza made her debut with the Orchestra dell’Accademia Santa Cecilia in Rome under Antonio Pappano, singing the world premiere of Luca Francesconi’s Bread, Water and Salt, based on the famous speech by Nelson Mandela. Her debut as Eve in the world premiere of Giorgio Battistelli’s CO2 at Teatro alla Scala in Milan, a tour with Rolando Villazon, Dido in Dido and Aeneas with the English Concert Orchestra at the Bristol Old Vic as part of the Bristol Proms series and a concert tour with Rolando. Recent roles in Stuttgart where the soprano
has been member of the ensemble for the past three seasons include, Micaela ( Carmen), Mimì (La Bohème), Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), Ännchen (Der Freischütz), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and Pamina (Die Zauberflöte).
Pumeza studied at the University of Cape Town College of Music and the Royal College of Music with a full scholarship. The young soprano also participated in masterclasses with renowned artists such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Sir Thomas Allen, Renata Scotto, Joan Rogers, Paul Farrington, Philip Langridge and Ileana Cotrubas. She has worked with accompanists Malcolm Martineau, Julius Drake and Simon Lepper. Pumeza Matshikiza was also a member of the Jette Parker Young Artists’ Programme at the Royal Opera House from 2007-2009.
Nicky Spence, Tenor
Hailed by the Daily Telegraph as “a voice of real distinction”, Nicky Spence is fast emerging as one of “our finest young singers.”
An artist of great integrity, Nicky’s unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty in his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the profession.
Highlights of the 2014-15 season include David in The Mastersingers of Nuremberg at the English National Opera with Music Director Edward Gardner, a Rossini double bill at Welsh National Opera as Rodolphe in Guillaume Tell and Mambre in Mosè in Egitto with Carlo Rizzi, and Francesco in Berlioz’s
Benvenuto Cellini at De Nederlandse Opera under Sir Mark Elder. Concerts include recitals with Roger Vignoles, Malcolm Martineau, and The Allegri Quartet and performances of Handel with Tromsø Chamber Orchestra, a new work by Jonathan Dove with the Oxford Bach Choir, and Tippett’s A Child of Our Time with the Auckland Philharmonia in New Zealand.
Nicky also performs in concert at the Barbican, the Purcell Room and Birmingham Symphony Hall.
Saturday 13th August
Duncan Rooms, Easterbrook Hall, Dumfries
Adults £20 Under 26 Free
Artists: Pumeza Matshikiza, Nicky Spence & Simon Lepper
Puccini Si. Mi chiamano Mimi
Mozart Giunse alfin il momento, Al Desio K. 577
Tchaikovsky Kuda Kuda
Dvorak Song to the moon
Berlioz Je vais l’aimer
Puccini O Mio Babbino Caro
Puccini O Soave Fanciulla PM &NS
Lehar Dein ist mein Ganzes Herz
Trad. South African folksong
Trad. Scottish folksong
Weill Lonely House
Bernstein Balcony Scene West Side Story