South African baritone Luvuyo Mbundu was a member of the Opera Studio at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein, Düsseldorf (2019-2021) and in Summer 2021 he participated in the International Meistersinger Akademie (IMA) and he was also a member of the Academy at the Festival d’Aix en Provence in July 2021 where he sang the title role of Mendelssohn’s Elias with the Balthasar Neumann Ensemble conducted by Duncan Ward.
Luvuyo’s future engagements include his debut at the Glyndebourne Festival in 2022 as Schaunard in a new production of La bohéme; he will also appear the Vlaamse Oper as Schaunard and as Rabbi Obidiah in the World Premiere of The Convert by Wim Henderickx and he will return to the Deutsche Oper am Rhein as Fiorello Il barbiere di Siviglia and as the Steuermann Tristan und Isolde.
Cancellations due to Covid 19 included his role debut as Silvio Pagliacci and Papageno Die Zauberflöte at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein; where he also would have appeared as Moralès Carmen; Steuermann Tristan und Isolde; the Messenger Aida and as Gregorio Roméo et Juliette.
During his first season in Düsseldorf, Luvuyo made his house debut as 2nd Philistine Samson et Dalilah; he also sang The Imperial Commissioner Madama Butterfly; Gregorio Roméo et Juliette; 2nd Nazarene Salome and Flemish Deputy Don Carlos. Also in the 2019/20 season, Luvuyo appeared in New Year Concerts with the Thuringia Philharmonic Orchestra, Gotha.
Luvuyo studied at the University of Cape Town, and for Cape Town Opera he has appeared as Papageno Die Zauberflöte; Publio La Clemenza di Tito and Dr Malatesta Don Pasquale.
Luvuyo was a participant of the Les Azuriales Festival Young Artist Programme in 2017, and he was awarded the 3rd Prize in their Annual International Competition and he was awarded the 1st Prize at the Gabriela Benackova's International Vocal Competition in the Czech Republic in 2018.
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