La Société Musicale de l’Ile Maurice presents An Die Musik
La Société Musicale de l’Ile Maurice is pleased to present “An die Musik” featuring South African performers, Lisa Engelbrecht (piano) and Luvuyo Mbundu (baritone), with the kind sponsorship and participation of la Maison de l’Etoile, le Château de Labourdonnais, ENL, and CIEL.
La Société Musicale de l’Ile Maurice will present An Die Musik, a duo recital from the University of Cape Town (UCT) Opera School, on Tuesday 19 June at Maison de l’Etoile, Eureka, and on Thursday 21 June with special guest soprano, Véronique Zuël, at the Château de Labourdonnais, Mapou.
The recitals will showcase South African artists Luvuyo Mbundu (baritone) and Lisa Engelbrecht (piano), featuring a selection of well-loved popular songs, opera arias, and piano transcriptions. The programmes will include music from Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Mozart, Bellini, Gounod, Verdi, Liszt, Gershwin and more.
Luvuyo Mbundu (25) grew up in Khayelitsha Township in the Western Cape. He started singing at school and continued as an ad-hoc singer for the Cape Town Opera, before enrolling at UCT Opera School, where he is currently a final year student. Mbundu has appeared in a number of UCT productions, and is a multi-award winner including 1st Prize/ Audience Award of the Schock Foundation Prize for singing in 2017. He also participated in the 2017 Les Azuriales International Opera Program in Nice, France, and is through to the final rounds of the 11th International Vocal Competition of Gabriela Benackova for Opera Singers, Jihlava 2018, Czech Republic competition taking place this coming October.
Lisa Engelbrecht, principal vocal coach at the Opera School of the SA College of Music at the University of Cape Town, obtained her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance and singing from UCT in 1990. She studied further at the Conservatorio, Milan, where she obtained the Diploma di Perfezzionamento. From 1998–2001, Engelbrecht held positions as operatic vocal coach / repetiteur / accompanist at the British Youth Opera, London; Opera National du Rhin, Strasbourg; Renata Scotto Academy, Italy; Merola Opera Program, San Francisco; and Glimmerglass Opera, New York. She obtained her Master of Music degree in 2002, from the University of Illinois, and returned to South Africa as vocal coach / repetiteur of the Cape Town Opera until 2008, going on to complete her Doctor of Music degree that same year. Lisa is also musical director of the Opera in Darling, presenting 'Alla breve Mozart opera', which has toured extensively in South Africa and abroad. She performs regularly in recitals in the Southern African region, and is a member of the guest coaching faculty at the Royal College of Music and the International Lyric Academy in Italy.