Gauteng Opera feel privileged that they have received a second chance of survival. This comes in the wake of a recent threat of closure due to financial difficulties which required us to either make a concerted effort to raise sufficient funds to ensure the continuation of our operations, or to call it a day. When Ms Forbay contacted us and offered to perform with us in a fundraising event, we immediately grabbed the opportunity.
Durban-born South African Fulbrighter, soprano Bronwen Forbay’s operatic successes include critically acclaimed performances of Mozart’s Queen of the Night with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Eugene Opera, and Tulsa Opera. Other highly-celebrated roles include Orasia, Queen of Thrace in the US premiere of Telemann’s Orpheus, Adina in L’elisir d’amore (Gauteng Opera, 2016), Violetta in La Traviata (Gauteng Opera and Cape Town Opera), the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Cape Town Opera), and Velmyra in both the World Premiere of Wading Home by Mary Alice Rich in Dallas, Texas, as well as a national tour of South Africa in 2018. Forbay is active as a concert performer and recitalist and has been successful in many national and international competitions.
Dr Forbay is the Assistant Professor of Voice and Opera at the McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas. Her degrees include a B. Mus (University of KwaZulu-Natal), Master of Music (Manhattan School of Music), Artist Certificate (SMU), and DMA in Voice Performance (University of Cincinnati, CCM). She is the first South African woman to have earned the DMA degree in Voice Performance. A participant in the prestigious NATS Intern Program, Dr Forbay has taught master classes in the US and South Africa and has served on faculty at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Sam Houston State University, and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. As part of her visit, she will present masterclasses at Gauteng Opera prior to the concert.
Ms Forbay will perform an array of the most beautiful music in the opera repertoire such as Qui la voce from I Puritani (Bellini), O luce di quest’ anima from Linda di Chamounix (Donizetti), Quando me’n vo from La Bohème (Puccini) and will be joined on stage by artists from Gauteng Opera for various duets and ensembles with highlights such as the famous sextet from Lucia di Lammermoor (Donizetti), the quartet from Rigoletto (Verdi), excerpts from La Bohème (Puccini), and the beautiful trio from I Lombardi (Verdi), to name a few.