“I was stunned. It was something else – it was beautiful,” says Linda Nteleza, explaining her reaction to seeing her first opera show in 2002, while she was still in high school. “Sibongile Khumalo was singing Aida,” she remembers. Linda is part of Cape Town Opera’s vocal ensemble chorus. Her love for opera is ever-growing as she continues to hone her craft. 

Under the tutelage of Angelo Gobbato at the University of Cape Town, Linda quickly learned that she couldn’t rely on vocal prowess alone. “It was also about playing piano, the history of music and learning how to use your body on stage. There were new things to learn,” she says. Linda’s dream role is Mimi in La Boheme and she has words for dreaming young singers. “Our dawn will come and all this will be in the past and then we’ll continue to sing like we’ve been doing. Let us keep singing,” she says, “because at the end of the day we live to sing.”