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Monwabisi Lindi


Monwabisi Lindi was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he studied with Pierre du Toit at the Tshwane University of Technology, he is also a recent graduate of the National Opera Studio. During the covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020 he was awarded a tenor prize in the Voices of South Africa singing competition. After being in the UK for three years on a Global Talent visa he now has indefinite leave to remain.

This season he is an Emerging Artist at Scottish Opera, where he will perform Zweiter Schäfer Daphne, and Gastone La traviata. He will also cover Count Almaviva and perform the role in Access performances of The Barber of Seville.

Among his recent highlights are Charles Edward, covering the title role Candide (Scottish Opera); Lord Chamberlain The Spectre Knight (Wexford Festival Opera); and Vitellozzo Lucrezia Borgia (English Touring Opera). He has also covered Chevalier Belfiore Il viaggio a Reims (English Touring Opera); Elvino La sonnambula (Buxton Festival Opera); and Policeman/Congregant 2 Blue (English National Opera).

Monwabisi made his UK debut as Rodolfo in Puccini’s La bohème for Hampstead Garden Opera, in a fully staged new production by award winning director Daisy Evans. It was these acclaimed performances that brought him to the attention of to several UK opera companies.

In South Africa he has performed with Opera Africa and Cape Town Opera where as a Cape Town Opera Young Artist sang roles including Crab Man in Porgy and Bess and Fourth Jew in Salome, and in African Angels, performing in South Africa and on tour across Europe.

He is grateful that his studies at the National Opera Studio were supported by donors to NOS, the Drake Calleja Trust and the Hampstead Garden Opera singers bursary.

Steven Swales Artist Management represents Monwabisi Lindi worldwide


Lord Chamberlain / The Spectre Knight / Wexford Festival Opera / 2022
“… the tenor Monwabisi Lindi displayed a relaxed voice and stage manner.”

“Tenor Monwabisi Lindi was a laid-back, relaxed Lord Chamberlain… He displayed a real flair when engaging directly with the audience, and possessed an enthusiasm that was contageous.”

Rodolfo / La bohème / Hampstead Garden Opera / 2019
“All four of the boys also excel vocally, none more so than South African tenor Monwabisi Lindi as Rodolfo. It may be a few years before his voice is big enough to sing this role in a full size opera house, but I want to be there when it happens, because he is a star in the making. He injects heartfelt emotion into both his voice and his acting, with an easy charm and a delightful lilt to his phrasing that utterly transported me.”

“Rodolfo (beautifully sung by the extraordinarily talented tenor Monwabisi Lindi) and his arty flatmates are freezing to a hungry death, but as resourceful chaps use guile to get them through the cruel winter and the rent demands of their Rigsbyesque landlord.”
(Ham & High)



Bampton Classical Opera

19, 20 Jul | 26, 31 Aug | 13 Sep 2024

Gazzaniga: Alcina’s Island
Conductor: Thomas Blunt
Jeremy Gray