Nozuko Teno, soprano

South-African soprano Nozuko Teto was born in Bizana, Eastern Cape. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of KwaZulu Natal as a student of Colleen Philp. In 2010, she received her Artist Diploma from the University of Cape Town as a student of Kamal Khan and Virginia Davids.

Her operatic roles include the Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore and Madame Cortese in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, working with famous South-African directors like Angelo Gobbato, Matthew Wild and Christine Crouse. Oratorio performances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnifi cat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

In 2010 she participated in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna and, as a result, was invited to the International Opernwerkstatt in Switzerland. In 2011 she was a participant in the Cape Town Opera Studio where she sang the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Evelyn in Mandela Trilogy (a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela - which she also recently sang on a tour of the United Kingdom in addition to Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess) and the soprano in Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape, and Testimony by Phillip Miller. She has also sung the role of the Countess in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro in a co-production with Brown University in the US and the University of Cape Town.

Ms. Teto has been awarded numerous scholarships from the Mellon Foundation, the Apollo Trust, the Out of Africa Trust and the Claude Leon Foundation.  Thanks to a scholarship from the Nicolai Ghiaurov Foundation she is able to study with the famous soprano Mirella Freni at her CUBEC Academy. During this past year in Italy, she sang in many concerts at the Teatro Comunale Pavarotti in Modena with the Puccini Festival Orchestra, in Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, with the Rotterdam Symphony, and she made her debut as Mimi in La Bohème in South Africa. In December 2012, she sang the role of the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro in Italy.