Monwabisi is one of Scottish Opera’s “Emerging Artists” for 2023- 24. He has been in the UK for three years under the “Global Talent Visa” system, first studying at the National Opera Studio before making appearances with Scottish Opera in Bernstein’s Candide , Wexford in The Spectre Knight , on tour with ETO in singing roles in both Viaggio a Reims and Lucrezia Borgia . He has also covered in Blue at ENO and Elvino La Sonnambula for the Buxton International Opera Festival. Currently he is sing Count Almaviva in “access performances” for Scottish Opera – Latest photos below;
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.
He was a prize winner in the tenor section of the “Voices of South Africa” singing competition. . Blessed with the ability to sing effortless high Cs and natural musicality and stage presence Monwa is attracting interest from many opera companies
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.