Nozuko Teto

South-African soprano Nozuko Teto was born in Bizana, Eastern Cape. She obtained her Bachelor of Music from the University of KwaZulu Natal and received her post- graduate diploma in opera from the University of Cape Town as a student of Kamal Khan and Virginia Davids. Her operatic roles include the Marschallin in Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier, Adina in Donizetti’s L’Elisir d’Amore, the Countess in Marriage of Figaro and Madame Cortese in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, working with famous South-African directors like Angelo Gobbato, Matthew Wild and Christine Crouse. Oratorio performances include Rossini’s Stabat Mater, Bach’s Magnifi cat and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In 2010 she participated in the Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna and, as a result, was invited to the International Opernwerkstatt in Switzerland. In 2011 she was a participant in the Cape Town Opera Studio where she sang the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica, Evelyn in Mandela Trilogy-a tribute to the life of Nelson Mandela - which toured to the United Kingdom, and the role of Clara in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the English National Opera (ENO). Ms. Teto has been awarded numerous scholarships from the Mellon Foundation, the Apollo Trust, the Out of Africa Trust and the Claude Leon Foundation.  Thanks to a scholarship from the Nicolai Ghiaurov Foundation she was able to study with the famous soprano Mirella Freni at her CUBEC Academy. During her time in Europe, she has sung in many concerts at the Teatro Comunale Pavarotti in Modena with the Puccini Festival Orchestra, in Amsterdam with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, and with the Rotterdam Symphony. In 2015 she appeared at Ireland's famous Wexford Festival in Frederick Delius’ Koanga. She has been shortlisted for the International Opera Awards as best young female singer and will be attending the ceremony in May 2016.