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july zuma

Singer/Tenor

The Lyrical Tenor, July Zuma was born and grew up in South African Durban. In the summer of this year he sang the part of the Pedrillo from Mozart's "Abduction from the Seraglio" with the Kammerphilharmonie Graubünden at the Schlossoper Haldenstein under the direction of Anthony Pilavachi as a director and Philippe Bach as conductor. For 2017 he won a scholarship from the opera workshop of the "Festival of Young Voices" under the direction of Mrs. Verena Keller with concerts in Berne, Sigriswil, Basel and Zurich and will be heard there in October. He has just returned from the South African Johannesburg, where he was invited to contribute musically to the great annual "Starlight Classics" concert at the JCC. He recently made his debut in the role of Count Almaviva in Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" in the production of the "Opera Vox Cultural Association" in Uster, Switzerland. Before that he sang the guest in Verdi's "La Traviata" at the Monschau Festival 2016 of the Kammeroper Köln.

He was also in Schubert's "Mass in B Major" and Mozart's "Regina coeli" in the St. Maria Rosenkranzkirche in Kassel as well as in a scenic performance of Handel's "Messiah" at the Durban Playhouse Theater in Durban under the direction of Ralph Lawson , He made his debut with the German Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in 2014 at the festival "Ein Sommer in Lesmona".
Since his studies the artist has been heard in the following operatic parts: Don Basilio in Mozart's "Figaro's Wedding" in the Teatre Principal de Santanyi in Mallorca (2011), the Heger in Dvořák's "Rusalka" at the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg (2011), Rinuccio in Puccini's "Gianni Schicchi" (2012) in the Auditorium of the Conservatori del Liceu in Barcelona, ​​Ferrando in Mozart's "Così fan tutte" and Demetrius in Purcell's "Fairy Queen" at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Cape Town (2013).

In July, Zuma has already appeared at many prestigious venues such as the Grand Theater Del Liceu Salodels Miralls (Barcelona, ​​Spain), the Kammersoper Schloss Rheinsberg (Rheinsberg, Germany), Artscape Theater, Baxter Theater and Cape Town City Hall (Cape Town, South Africa), the Sala Mozart Auditorio de Saragoza (Saragoza, Spain), the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Berlin, Germany), Durban City Hall and the Playhouse Theater (Durban, South Africa) ,

In 2011 he was honored as the winner of the singing competition of the Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg. July Zuma participated in numerous singing master classes, including 2012 at Monserrat Caballé in Saragoza, Spain. He received his diploma as an opera singer in Cape Town in 2005, where he studied with Prof. Dr. Angelo Gobbato, the head of the university's opera department. July Zuma continued his postgraduate studies from 2010 - 2012 at the "Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu" in Barcelona with Prof. Eduardo Grimenéz.

The tenor is one of the leading actors of the documentary film "Cape of Good Voices" by the award-winning director Ralf Pleger.