South Africa: Luthando Qave
Baritone - born 1986
Luthando Qave is in his final year of the Lindemann Young Artist Development Program at the Metropolitan Opera New York, after studying at the University College of Opera in Stockholm. He was a semi-finalist in the 2009 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition and a finalist in the 2010 Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition.
Luthando was a member of Cape Town Opera where he played Marco Gianni Schicchi and Melchior Amahl and the Night Visitors. In 2006, he made his European debut on tour with CTO in Sweden as Jake Porgy and Bess.
Recent highlights include Nardo La finta giardiniera in Drottningholm and Marcello La bohème in Tel-Aviv. In 2011/2012, he made his Met debut singing Yamadori Madama Butterfly and this year Guglielmo in the Met and Juilliard School’s joint production of Così fan tutte. He returns to the Met stage as Herald Otello, Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia and a Flemish Deputy Don Carlo. In April this year Luthando sang Silvio Pagliacci at Finnish National Opera.
In New York, Luthando has worked with artists including James Levine, Fabio Luisi, Placido Domingo, Renata Scotto, Sir Thomas Allen, Ramon Vargas and Gerald Finley.
Luthando enjoys his Playstation and reading biographies.
Denn es gehet dem Menschen (4 Serious Songs) – Brahms
Ich wandte mich (4 Serious Songs) – Brahms
O tod, wie bitter bist du (4 Serious Songs) – Brahms
Wenn ich mit Menschen (4 Serious Songs) – Brahms
Largo al factotum (Il barbiere di Siviglia) – Rossini
Figaro introduces himself in this famous 'patter' aria. Not only is he the barber of Seville, with his well-stocked shop, but he is also the general factotum of the city. He is happy to run errands, arrange meetings and perform all kinds of services – as long as he gets paid for it.
Deh vieni alla finestra (Don Giovanni) – Mozart
Don Giovanni, keen as ever to conquer the hearts of as many women as possible, disguises himself as his servant Leporello in order to seduce Donna Elvira's maid. He sings this serenade beneath Donna Elvira’s balcony, strumming on his mandolin, calling the maid to come to the window, or he will die of sorrow.
Yeletsky's aria (Queen of Spades) – Tchaikovsky
Prince Yeletsky is in love with Liza, who in turn is in love with Herman. At a masked ball, Yeletsky sings this ardent aria, declaring his great love for Liza. He would do anything for her, but feels she does not return his feelings.
Amor, vida de me vida (Maravilla) - Morena Torroba
Rafael is in love with Elvira, who in turn loves Faustino. She has said goodbye to Rafael, and now his life is over. He is sad, but she is laughing. He loved her, she lied to him, she mocks his grief. Torroba’s zarzuela premiered in Madrid in 1941 and this is one of the most famous arias in the Spanish language.