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NICHOLAS NDADANE (article first published : 2005-09-11)

On September 14 at 19h30, the UKZN School of Music will present baritone Nicholas Ndadane accompanied by Andrew Warburton on the piano.

Nicholas will perform a varied programme of operatic music as part of his Masters degree (Performance) at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is currently pursuing advanced vocal studies with Madlen Tzankova. Nicholas will travel to the UK in November to audition for the Vilar Young Artists' Programme with the Royal Opera. The concert, which is also an examination recital, is an opportunity to raise funds for his trip.

One of South Africa's promising young operatic baritones, Nicholas Ndadane completed his BMus at the former University of Durban-Westville where he studied under James Conrad. In 1996 he sang in the opening trio from Mozart's Cosė fan tutte and in the sextet from Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor in the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra's National Youth Concerto Festival. In 1997 he performed the role of Leporello for Co-Opera in Mozart's Don Giovanni at Durban's BAT Centre, at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, and in Namibia. He went on to sing at the Commonwealth Heads of State Conference at the International Convention Centre in Durban.

Ndadane was awarded a diploma at the Roodepoort International Eisteddfod in 1997, and subsequently participated in song recitals in Durban and Cape Town as well as performing in Grahamstown and Johannesburg. On the Durban concert stage he has sung the bass solo part in Handel's Messiah and Beethoven's Mass in C Major, among other works, with the KZNPO and appeared with the Orchestra in Nedbank's Last Night of the Proms.

He spent 2003 extending his vocal studies under the tutelage of the well-known South African vocal pedagogue and performer Juan Burgers at the University of Cape Town's College of Music. He performed as a member UCT's Opera Studio, singing the roles of the Father in Humperdink's Hansel und Gretel, Krusina in Smetana's The Bartered Bride and Barnaba in Ponchielli's La Gioconda. In Durban his most recent appearances with the KZNPO in 2005 have been in Handel's Messiah at Mariannhill Cathedral during Easter and in the World Symphony Series Winter Season in the Durban City Hall. Ndadane plans to sing in the UNISA International Singing Competition in Pretoria in January 2006. He is currently completing his Masters in Performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban.

The concert takes place at 19h30 on September 14 in Howard College Theatre. Tickets R50 (R20 concessions). Book through 031 260 3353.




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