The Academy of Vocal Arts

Resident Artists

Musa Ngqungwana, bass-baritone

AVA fourth-year Resident Artist

Hometown: Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

Education: B.M. Honors in Performance, Performer's Diploma in Opera, South African College of Music, University of Cape Town.

Competitions: Third Prize, Gerda Lissner Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2014; The Dr. Robert Campbell/Cesare Santeramo Award, Opera Index Vocal Competition, 2013; Fourth Prize, Licia Albanese-Puccini Foundation International Vocal Competition, 2013; National Winner, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, 2013; Regional Finalist and Encouragement Award, Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (Middle Atlantic), 2012; Finalist and awarded the prize of "Die Zeit" on the 29th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, 2010; Winner for the role of Ping, International Turandot Competition (organized by the International Institute for Opera and Poetry), 2009; Schock Prize for Singing, 2007.

Roles at AVA: Sam, Un ballo in maschera; Sancho, Don Quichotte; Prince Gremin and Zaretsky, Eugene Onegin; Dr. Bartolo, Il barbiere di Siviglia; Dulcamara, L'elisir d'amore; Golaud (Cover), Pelléas et Mélisande, title role, Oberto; Lindorf, Copéllius, Dr. Miracle and Dapertutto, Les Contes d'Hoffmann; Leporello and Commendatore, Don Giovanni; Count Waldner, Arabella; Talpa, Il tabarro.

Other Roles: High Priest of Baal, Nabucco, Opera Philadelphia; Zuniga, Carmen; Lorenzo, I Capuleti e i Montecchi; Crested Butte Music Festival; Antonio, Le nozze di Figaro, Baxter Theatre; L'hotelier, Manon, ArtsCape Opera House; Leporello, Don Giovanni, Baxter Theatre; Ping, Turandot, Teatro Filarmonico; Dr. Dulcamara, L'elisir d'amore, Baxter Theatre; Priest, The Cunning Little Vixen, ArtsCape Theatre; Don Profondo, Il Viaggio a Reims; Figaro, Le nozze di Figaro, Baxter Theatre.