Born in South Africa and raised in the UK, Alida Stoman started her music career at a very young age. Being home-educated, she had a lot of time for extracurricular activities such as stage school, singing lessons, and dance classes, and was able to take part in professional productions from the age of eight, including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and Evita in the UK touring productions. At the age of 14 her voice teacher, Tarsha Cole, started working with her classically and she passed her ABRSM grade eight vocal exam with Distinction at the age of 16. Alida received her BMus from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance Cum Laude in 2020, under the tutelage of Theresa Cahill and Jennifer Hamilton, and repetiteur Helen Yorke, and did a semester as an exchange student at Michigan University under tuition of Stanford Olsen. She was selected to represent her conservatoire at the 2018 Kathleen Ferrier Junoir Bursary Competition.
As a student she has performed in Eugene Onegin and Verdi’s Macbetto at the Dorset Opera Festival, and with Chineke! Orchestra and Choir at the Southbank Centre in London, as well as appearing as a guest soloist for Bournemouth Music Festival’s gala concert at the Bournemouth Pavilion in the UK.
Alida has also been repeatedly invited back as a soloist and presenter for concerts produced by the Genootskap vir die Handhawing van Afrikaans, and frequently performs at corporate and private events. Outside of music, Alida has appeared in Fast and Furious 9 and NBC Peacock’s Brave New World, and is a freelance model.
Alida is currently a Young Artist at Cape Town Opera (CTO), appearing at their season launch in February 2022, and in their Baby Blocks concert series for children. She made her operatic debut playing the role of ‘Barbarina’ in CTO’s 2022 touring production of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, and played ‘Morgana’ in CTO’s production of Handel’s Alcina in November 2022.
South African soprano Siphamandla Moyake obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kwazulu-Natal and her postgraduate diploma in opera studies from the University of Cape Town. While at university she performed various roles including Anne Trulove in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress, Countess Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, and the title role in Hendrik Hofmeyr’s opera Saartjie about the life of Sarah (Saartjie) Baartman.
Siphamandla is a former staff soloist at Cape Town Opera where she performed the roles of Musetta in La bohème, Marzelline in Fidelio, Frasquita in Carmen, Winnie Mandela in Mandela Trilogy, Nella in Gianni Schicchi, and Susanna in Le nozze di Figaro. Major international stage debuts include the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, and Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux in France where she sang the role of Clara in Cape Town Opera’s international touring production of Porgy and Bess by George Gershwin. Most recently, Siphamandla revisited the role of Countess Almaviva in Cape Town Opera’s 2022 production of Le nozze di Figaro, and her portrayal was met with much acclaim.
Some of the non-operatic works she has performed include the Beethoven Symphony no.9, Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra and Mozart’s Great Mass C minor with the Cape Town Symphonic orchestra. Siphamandla was a finalist in the Hans Gabor Belvedere international singing competition, L’Assoluta Virginia Zeani Royal Voice competition and Tbilisi Opera Crown competition where she was awarded an engagement prize. This gave her the opportunity to perform the role of Micaëla in Bizet’s Carmen at the Tbilisi Opera House. She appeared as the soprano soloist in a performance of Michael Tippett’s A Child of Our Time presented by the Spanish TV-Radio Orchestra in Madrid.
South African born tenor Tamsanqa Tylor Lamani, from Port Elizabeth is a graduate from the University of Cape Town, South African College of Music. Raised in a Christian home, his passion for singing was sparked at a young age. He soon took part in Primary and High school singing competition. While still in High School, he became a member of the Spier Young Voices Ensemble and performed various opera ensembles and solo arias, under the tutelage of Mr. Danie Theron. After obtaining his engineering degree, he became an ad hoc member of the Cape Town Opera Vocal Ensemble.
Tylor has performed in various opera productions by Cape Town Opera and UCT Opera School including Porgy and Bess, Madama Butterfly, La clemenza di Tito, The Magic Flute and Der Fliegende Holländer. He has travelled and performed abroad in Germany, Scotland, Sweden, Copenhagen and the United Kingdom (UK) with Cape Town Opera and the IGugu le Kapa chamber choir. Roles include Tebaldo in I Capuleti e i Montecchi May 2019, Tamino in excerpts from Mozart’s The Magic Flute for the UCT kaleidoscope in September 2019, Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi in November 2020 and understudying the roles of Don Basilio and Don Curzio in The Marriage of Figaro and Nemorino in L’elisir d’amore, both staged by Cape Town Opera in 2022. Tylor was also invited to join an “Evening of French Opera” concert in which he sang 5 French arias, by Bizet, Massenet, Meyerbeer and Gounod.