Chuma Sijeqa


South African baritone Chuma Sijeqa is a Jette Parker Young Artist Programme Alumni from Phomolong, Johannesburg.
In 2018 Sijeqa won Second Prize in the Voices of South Africa International Singing Competition, where he participated in masterclasses with Elaine Kidd and David Gowland of The Royal Opera’s Jette Parker Young Artists Programme, and with David Cowan of Opera North. As part of his prize, he participated in the Les Azuriales Opera Festival in Nice in the same year, where he won the Joseph Karaviotis Prize in the vocal competition. That year Sijeqa joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme as a Link Artist. In 2019 he was part of The New Generation Festival where he played the role of Don Bartolo in Le nozze di Figaro. In the same year he went on to further his studies at Guildhall School of Music where he completed his Artist Masters.
Following, he went to Opera Holland Park to do the role of Harasta (Cunning Little Vixen). He then joined the Jette Parker Young Artist Programme’s Anniversary Company where he participated in various projects and also did the roles of Angelotti (Tosca), Second Philistine (Samson et Delilah) and Second Nazarine (Salome) on the stage of Royal Opera House.
Chuma is now preparing the role of Speaker (Magic Flute) with Welsh National Opera. He is a versatile singer who still seeks to expand his experience in the arts, contributing in bringing positive changes to make art available to those less fortunate.

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