© Laurent Compagnon
© Laurent Compagnon
Monwabisi Lindi was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa where he studied with Pierre du Toit at the Tshwane University of Technology. During the covid-19 pandemic lockdown in 2020 he was awarded a tenor prize in the Voices of South Africa singing competition.
He has performed with Opera Africa and Cape Town Opera and 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 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, and his application to the National Opera Studio was supported by the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. He is currently studying at the National Opera Studio on a Global Talent Visa and is supported by donors to the NOS, the Drake Calleja Trust and the Hampstead Garden Opera singers bursary.
Future engagements include performing Charles Edward, while covering the title role, in Candide for Scottish Opera and the Lord Chamberlain in The Spectre Knight for Wexford Festival Opera.
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)