Musa Ngqungwana

Pizarro, Fidelio
Bass-Baritone, Sanctuary Road

In summer 2021, South African bass-baritone Musa Ngqungwana sang Luigi Nono’s Intolleranza at the Salzburg Festival. Other recent highlights include the title role in Porgy and Bess at Washington National Opera, Atlanta Opera, Grange Park Opera, and Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, along with Don Giovanni (Leporello) with Pittsburgh Opera, Aida (The King) with Houston Grand Opera, the Wanderer in Wagner’s Siegfried with North Carolina Opera, and Simon Boccanegra (Paolo Albiani) with Washington Concert Opera. In addition he has sung the title role in The Glimmerglass Festival’s production of Porgy and Bess; Lescaut in Manon Lescaut with Dallas Opera, King Balthazar in Amahl and the Night Visitors with On Site Opera; and the role of Queequeg in Moby Dick with Los Angeles Opera, Dallas Opera, Pittsburgh Opera, and Utah Opera; in addition to debuts as Amonasro in Aida ​with English National Opera​; Angelotti in Tosca with the ​Canadian Opera Company; Gottardo in La g​azza ladra​ with The Glimmerglass Festival; with Philadelphia Opera, the Norwegian National Opera, and Palm Beach Opera as Zuniga in Carmen;​ and with Washington National Opera as Colline in La bohème and as Stephen Kumalo in Lost in the Stars.

Musa’s concert work has included featured performances with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Scottish Symphony Orchestra, and Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as at the U.S. Naval Academy and at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa.

In 2013, Musa was the Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He graduated with Honors in Performance (First Class) from the University of Cape Town and is also a graduate of the prestigious Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia. He is the author of Odyssey of an African Opera Singer, a memoir published in South Africa by Penguin Random House.