South-African soprano Kelebogile Besong recently made her role debut in the title-role in Aida at the Opera in Malmö. Some other recent highlights include Musetta in La Bohème at Grange Park Opera, a series of Opera gala concerts are with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Litton, Violetta in La Traviata at the Opéra national de Montpellier, her role-debut as Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at Tampere Opera under the baton of Roy Goodman and the roles of Venus in John Blow’s Venus and Adonis as well as the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Innsbrucker Festwochen der Alten Musik.
She is scheduled to sing Fiordiligi in a young artists production of Cosi fan Tutte at the Bregenzer Festpiele 2015, the title role in Aida at the Aalto Theater in Essen and Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and conductor Kenneth Montgomery in a tour through Holland.
Other operatic roles for Kelebogile Besong are Micaela in Carmen, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro and Gabisile in the Opera Africa world premiere of Ziyankomo and the Forbidden Fruit by Phelelani Mnomiya. Kelebogile has also appeared at Den Norske Opera in Opera Africa’s production of the Zulu Opera Princess Magogo as well as at Opéra Royal de Wallonie as Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos.
On the concert-platform she already performed works such as Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in C- Minor.
She won the national soloist competition at the Tirisano Schools Choral Eisteddfod for three consecutive years and was later awarded a scholarship to study for a BA in performing arts at Tshwane University of Technology.
Kelebogile Besong is the proud recipient of the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist Award in Music and in 2013 she was awarded Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business & Government (Arts). Kelebogile was a finalist of the 32nd Belvedere Singing Competition 2013, held at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam and she represented South-Africa in the BBC Singer of the world competition 2015.