Born in Siteki, Eswatini’s eastern-most town, Lwazi Dlamini is a 28-year-old Swazi baritone who started his musical journey in 2010 whilst a student at Manzini Nazarene High School, then Eswatini’s most respected choral music high school. Subsequently, he studied Vocal Art at the Tshwane University of Technology during which time he had the opportunity to sing the lead role of The Count in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, a student production. He later landed the role of the Baron in Verdi’s La Traviata in a Sempre Opera production at the Joburg Theatre. Lwazi went on to study at the University of Cape Town’s college of music (SACM), where he completed his Advanced Diploma in Opera in 2020. From there he took the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, a UCT production presented in collaboration with Cape Town Opera. Other roles include Marco in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. In 2021 Lwazi joined the Judith Neilson Young Artist Programme at Cape Town Opera (CTO) where he has had many exciting opportunities that include understudying roles such as The Father in Hänsel und Gretel and Zurga in Bizet’s The Pearl Fishers. As a young professional he has sung the role of Rambaldo in Cape Town Opera’s 2021 production of La Rondine and Schaunard in La Bohème, a touring production co-presented by Cape Town Opera. He recently sang in Handel’s Messiah and played Bartolo in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro in 2022, both with Cape Town Opera. Lwazi received excellent reviews as Dunlop in ‘Sarah Baartman – The Opera’ by Hendrik Hofmeyr and as the father of the family in ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’ by Kurt Weill.