KELEBOGILE BESONG
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The young South-African spinto-soprano Kelebogile Besong is emerging on the international opera and concert stages as a talent of unusually strong stage presence, sensitive musicianship and vocal power.

Over the last few seasons, she has enjoyed successes in the title-role of Aida at Malmö Opera, as Musetta in La Bohème at Grange Park Opera and the Savonlinna Festival, a series of aria concerts with the NDR Radiophilharmonie conducted by Andrew Litton, as Violetta in La Traviata at the Opéra National de Montpellier, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at Tampere Opera, under the baton of Roy Goodman, 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.
  
Other operatic roles include Micaela in Carmen, Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Gabisile in the Opera Africa world premiere of Ziyankomo and the Forbidden Fruit by Phelelani Mnomiya, the title role in Opera Africa’s production of the Zulu Opera Princess Magogo at Den Norske Opera in Oslo and Echo in Ariadne auf Naxos for Opéra Royal de Wallonie.
 
On the concert platform she has performed works such as Mahler’s 4th Symphony, Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Mozart’s Requiem and Great Mass in c- minor.

Most recently, Ms Besong appeared as Fiordiligi in Cosi fan Tutte at the Bregenzer Festpiele, Aida at the Aalto Theater in Essen, Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro with the Orchestra of the 18th Century and conductor Kenneth Montgomery and returned to the Opera National de Montpellier as Giorgetta in Il tabarro and Dejanira in Weill’s Royal Palace.

Forthcoming engagements include house debuts as Musetta with Teatro Regio di Torino and the Bayerische Staatsoper in Munich and as Aida at La Monnaie in Brussels.
 
Ms Besong 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.
 
She 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). Ms Besong was a finalist of the 32nd Belvedere Singing Competition 2013, held at the Dutch National Opera in Amsterdam, and represented South-Africa in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition 2015.

 
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KELEBOGILE BESONG: G. Verdi, Aida, Ritorna vincitor

Live recording 2015

'Kelebogile Besong gave Musetta a sensuality that was not trivial, but veiled by a certain melancholy. The African soprano displayed burnished hues and gave the character of the seductive girl a full-bodied performance, avoiding the superficial frivolity of a soubrette.'
 
operaclick.com, Teatro Regio di Torino - La boheme, October 2016
'As Dejanira and Giorgetta, the two heroines, soprano Kelebogile Besong offered a full-bodied and extensive voice of remarkable homogeneity, sung with expressiveness that was always well-measured, free of the usual verismo effects[...] She too was given a thunderous applause.'
Forumopera.com, Opéra-orchestre National de Montpellier - Royal Palace/Il tabarro, June 2016
“His conflicted relationship with Musetta was made all the more gripping by Kelebogile Besong’s fiery, agile coloratura and powerful singing, and her command of the Café Momus was impressive.”
Classicalsource.com, about the role of Musetta in La bohème at Grange Park Opera, June 2015
“Kelebogile Besong was an alluring Musetta, not so much the brash coquette with a heart of gold as the sixth member of the bohemians, an impression created by the warmth of her tone and her seductive phrasing.”
Music OMH, about the role of Musetta in La bohème at Grange Park Opera, June 2015

" South African Kelebogile Pearl Besong soprano round and warm sound, made her a wonderful Countess”

Helsinging Sanomat, about the role of Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opera in Tampere, February 2014

A real discovery was the only 25 years old Kelebogile Pearl Besong from South Africa as Contessa. Beautiful and elegant sound and we are definitely going to hear more of  her”

KP24.fi, about the role of Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opera in Tampere, February 2014

"Kelebogile Pearl Besong’s asthonishing Countess expressed perfectly the woman's pain, and vocally she presented a beautiful range of colors"

Turun Sanomat, about the role of Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opera in Tampere, February 2014

“South-African soprano Kelebogile Pearl Besong sings like an angel”

Verkkolehti, about the role of Contessa in Le Nozze di Figaro at the Opera in Tampere, February 2014

Kelebogile Besong

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