Sanele Mwelase

Sanele Mwelase




Roles Performed

2021 Tamerlano, Tamerlano (G. F. Händel), University of Cape Town, South Africa

2021 Nerone, L'incoronazione di Poppea (C. Monteverdi), University of Cape Town, South Africa

2018 Rinaldo, Rinaldo (G. F. Händel), University of Cape Town, South Africa


2017-20 Bachelor of Music in Opera Performance, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Competitions and Awards

2021 1st Prize, Marker and Pioneer International Singing Competition Online

2020 2nd Prize, 19th Schock Foundation Singing Competition,Cape Town, South Africa

2020 2nd Prize, Voices of South Africa National Singing Competition Online, South Africa

Who is your greatest vocal/musical role model?

My greatest musical or vocal role models have to be Maria Callas and Shirley Verrett. Why Maria Callas? I learnt and I am still learning about the importance of telling a story through different colours of the voice and that the beauty of music and telling a story comes through listening to what the composers intended to do with their music. This is because all the emotions and dramatic effects are laid in the music by a composer(s). Moving along to Ms Shirley Verrett, I have got to experience the power, beauty, and characterisation by watching some of the roles that she sang such as Lady MacBeth and Amneris by Giuseppe Verdi. All of my role models (by watching them on social media videos) emphasise the importance of being vulnerable when it comes to expressing the beauty of all the emotions that roles had compel them to. It always opens a gate of me wanting to be vulnerable with my emotions, and looking forward to a story telling while I am performing.

Are you currently learning something new?

Not at the moment, normally our institution issues our roles and performance schedule at the begining of our Academic year in February.

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  Composer Opera/Operetta Aria Role
1 Georg Friedrich Händel Alcina Sta nell'ircana Ruggiero
2 Christoph Willibald Gluck Orfeo ed Euridice Che farò, senza Euridice? Orfeo
3 Jonathan Dove Flight Dawn, still darkness Refugee
4 Johann Strauß Die Fledermaus Ich lade gern mir Gäste ein Die Fledermaus
5 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart La Clemenza di Tito Deh, per questo istante solo Sesto