The South-African baritone Martin Mkhize studied at the University of Cape Town. He won first prize and the audience award at the Shock Foundation, a singing competition at the University of Cape Town, was a semi-finalist at the Neue Stimmen Competition 2017 and received a nomination for ‘Best male actor’ at the Fleur du Cap Theatre Nomination for his interpretation of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte. Martin sang the role of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia with the Opera Studio at the Bregenzer Festspiele, and made his debut at Dutch National opera as Un ufficiale in the same opera with Dutch National Opera. At DNO, he has also been featured as Imperial Commissionar in Madama Butterfly and Count Robenson in Il Matrimonio Segreto. This season at DNO, he sings Garbi in the world premiere of Ritratto and Le Dancaïre in Carmen.
‘Dutch National Opera is one of the best opera houses in Europe. But my main reason for participating in the Dutch National Opera Studio is the training experience I can gain through it as a young artist. I hope to broaden my repertoire, gain stage experience and work on my singing technique’.