Moloko Letsoalo started singing in a Secondary School choir where she was introduced to the Opera repertoire through participation in the South African School’s Choral Eisteddfod. In 2015, she moved to Cape Town to study Opera at UCT’S South African College of Music and is currently studying with Associate Professor Virginia Davids. She participated as a chorus member in UCT and Cape Town Opera’s collaborations of Verdi’s La Traviata and the Four:30 South African Operas. She was a chorus member in UCT’S student production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro . In 2017, Moloko performed the roles of Servilia in Mozart’s La Clemenza di Tito and Tisbe in Rossini’s La Cenerentola as part of the UCT Opera School productions. She won 3rd prize in the Schock Foundation Competition 2017. She was cast as one of the three ladies in Mozart’s Die Zauberflӧte, a collaboration between UCT and CTO which was staged in November 2017 at the Artscape Theatre.
Xolane Marman – Born and raised by a single mother in the Knysna area, at the age of 9 years, he began his singing in primary school choir, community choirs and at his entry in high school level started taking solo parts as a tenor. In year 2005, he was awarded Diploma for Senior Vocal in Opera at the Knysna / Plett Eisteddfod competition and awarded Gold Certificate in 2009. In 2007, he had his first recording experience that was funded by the UK Lottery, with a band called Joint Effort at Peace of Eden Recording Studio and toured England, performing in theatres and concerts halls around Doncaster, London and Brighton. He started his studies at the University of Cape Town, South African College of Music in 2011, where he started his first chorus part in 2012 in the opera Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In 2013 he was a member of the “Viva Verdi Celebration” at the Baxter Theatre, and chorus member in the opera “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” at the ArtsCape Theatre. In 2014 he was a chorus member in the opera “Il Viaggio a Reims, by Rossini and began his first solo role in the opera “The Dialogues of the Carmelite” as the Commissioner. He featured the Cape Town Opera in collaboration with the South African College of Music (UCT) in 2015, as Guiseppe in the opera “La Traviata” by Verdi and appeared as Don Curzio in the SACM Opera Kaleidoscope “Le Nozze di Figaro”. He was also Assistant Director in the University of Cape Town “Le Nozze di Figaro” and the “Four:30” South African Operas (Blood of Mine and Bessie – The Blue Eyed Xhosa). In March of 2016, he was selected, as part of Top 30 singers around the world, to partake in the Debora Voigt Inaugural International Vocal Competition, Florida, USA. He is to appear at Monostatos in the opera Die Zauberflote by Mozart at the Cape Town Opera House. Xolane is currently enrolled at the South African Music College (SACM), University of Cape Town, undertaking his final year postgraduate in Performers Diploma: Music Performance (Opera) and training as lyric tenor under voice trainer Mr Patrick Tikolo.