Operalia's First Prize winner in 2017, the young South African tenor Levy Sekgapane releases his debut album, 'Giovin Fiamma', featuring Rossini arias, on Prima Classics. He is accompanied by the Münchner Rundfunkorchester conducted by Giacomo Sagripanti (Young Conductor winner in the 2016 International Opera Awards).
Very much a rising star internationally and wonderfully suited to the Rossinian style, Levy Sekgapane brings freshness, clarity and thrilling and seductive vocal qualities to this Prima Classic recording. It combines arias from nine different Rossini operas, Il barbiere di Siviglia, L'italiana in Algeri, La Cenerentola, Semiramide, Otello, La donna del lago, Zelmira, Il Turco in Italia and Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra. The Italian composer wrote these for three particular and very different singers: Giovanni Davide, Manuel García, and Andrea Nozzari.
Besides winning Plácido Domingo's Operalia, Levy Sekgapane has also taken the top prizes in the Belvedere Singing Competition and the Monserrat Caballé International Competition amongst others.
Following his appearances as Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at the 2019 Glyndebourne Festival, he will make his Salzburg Festival debut in Mozart's Idomeneo, a Peter Sellars' production conducted by Teodor Currentzis, in late July/August before returning once again to the Rossini role at the Teatro Massimo Palermo the following month. In October/November, he takes to the Wexford Festival Opera stage in the little-known Rossini opera, Adina.
Sekgapane’s later schedule includes La Cenerentola at Opéra Royal de Wallonie Liège, and in February at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich. Next year he is also performing in Semiramide in Barcelona and reprising Count Almaviva in Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Semperoper Dresden, in Munich and in Barcelona.
‘Giovin Fiamma’ – a co-production with BR Klassik recorded in Bavarian Radio’s studios early in 2018 - is the second release on Prima Classic, soprano Marina Rebeka's new independent record label.
" Levy Sekgapane is a tenor with a very special, bright, youthful timbre. This young tenor can really seduce you with his voice. " — Klassik begeistert – Silverstergala – Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868):
WRITTEN FOR MANUEL GARCÍA (1775-1832):
1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: “Cessa di più resistere” 7:13
2. L’italiana in Algeri: “Languir per una bella” 6:50
3. La Cenerentola: “Sì, ritrovarla io giuro” 6:13
4. Semiramide: “Ah dov’è, dov’è il cimento?” 7:39
WRITTEN FOR GIOVANNI DAVIDE (1790-1864):
5. Otello: “Che ascolto?” - “Ah, come mai non senti” 6:39
6. La donna del lago: “Oh fiamma soave” 7:59
7. Zelmira: “Terra amica, ove respira” 7:51
8. Il Turco in Italia: “Intesi: ah! tutto intesi” - “Tu seconda il mio disegno” 5:38
WRITTEN FOR ANDREA NOZZARI (1776-1832)
9. Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra: “Deh! troncate i ceppi suoi” - “Vendicar saprò l’offesa” 7:52