Young South African tenor, Levy Sekgapane, has German opera audiences on their feet, cheering. The London Financial Times reviewer notes his ability to “nonchalantly deliver both fiendish coloratura and stratospheric high notes while giving every appearance of enjoying himself.” Yves van der Haeghen interviews Sekgapane after his recent starring performance in Germany.
I have to be great; these people come for Non più mesta (the final pyrotechnical aria of Rossini’s Barber of Seville) and I can’t disappoint them, says Levy Sekgapane.
He’s still flushed with the success of the previous evening’s premiere in Krefeld, in Germany’s glum Ruhr Valley, where the audience was roused to a boisterously drawn-out standing ovation for the young South African tenor. Germany is home to a third of the opera houses in the world, and its audiences are notoriously hard to win over.
Sekgapane on the other hand is eager to please.