Monwabisi is delighted to be back in the UK and is currently studying at the National Opera Studio. In 2019 he came to the attention of the Opera world with an outstanding Rodolfo in La Boheme for HGO . This brought him to the notice of UK opera houses and he was supported in his application for the national Opera Studio by the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. He is now in the UK on a “Global Talent Visa”.
Monwabisi was born in Port Elizabeth , South Africa, He studied at Tshwane University . He was a young artist with Cape Town Opera where he sang roles such as The Crabman in “Porgy and Bess” and 4th Jew in "Salome " ( the role with 6 top Cs ) with Cape Town Opera both in Cape Town and internationally.
He recently was a prize winner in the tenor section of the “Voices of South Africa” singing competition. The Covid 19 lockdown was particularly tough for artists in South Africa and Monwabisi has been unable to work at all in 2020. He is delighted to have managed to make it over to the UK in these difficult times to pursue his dream. His 1st concert of 2020 was for the HGO Opera Gala in Highgate in October. Hear a recording of him singing at the concert on the media page.
Here is what the press said about him:
Bachtrack – David Karklin – “All four of the boys also excel vocally, none more so than South African tenor Monwabisi Lindi as Rodolfo. It may be a few years before his voice is big enough to sing this role in a full size opera house, but I want to be there when it happens, because he is a star in the making. He injects heartfelt emotion into both his voice and his acting, with an easy charm and a delightful lilt to his phrasing that utterly transported me.”
Ham and High – David Winskil – “Rodolfo (beautifully sung by the extraordinarily talented tenor Monwabisi Lindi) and his arty flatmates are freezing to a hungry death, but as resourceful chaps use guile to get them through the cruel winter and the rent demands of their Rigsbyesque landlord.”
Monwabisi is supported by the Drake / Calleja Trust and by Hampstead Garden Opera Trust.