Tall and good-looking, Gwenxane showed attractive timbre and a good sense of line and decoration, …. clearly a considerable talent to watch… Opera News, 27 September 2022
Khanyiso Gwenxane made his US debut at Opera Philadelphia singing the title role in Rossini’s Otello in September 2022. During the 2023/24 season, the tenor will return to Semperoper Dresden to star as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. In 2022, the tenor performed Admeto in Gluck’s Alceste at Bayreuth’s Markgräfliches Opernhaus during the International Gluck Festival. Spring 2023 saw his role debuts as Nadir in Bizet’s Les pêcheurs de perles and Ernesto in Donizetti’s Don Pasquale at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.
While still a student, the young South African tenor sang Chevalier Belfiore in Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims and Don Ottavio in Mozart’s Don Giovanni. He made his debut at Kungliga Operan in Stockholm in 2016 as Ferrando in Mozart’s Così fan tutte, followed by his role debut as Nemorino in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore at the New Generation Festival in Florence in 2017. In 2018, he made his debut at Staatstheater Braunschweig as Tito in a new production of Mozart’s La clemenza di Tito. Khanyiso Gwenxane has worked with directors such as David Bösch, Jürgen Flimm, Dietrich Hilsdorf, Rahel Thiel, Manuel Schmitt, Michael Schulz, Keith Warner and Matthew Wilde.
Khanyiso Gwenxane has been a member of the ensemble at Musiktheater im Revier in Gelsenkirchen since the 2018/19 season, where his repertoire includes Don José in Bizet’s Carmen, Medoro in Haydn’s Orlando Paladino, Janek in Janáček’s Makropulos Case, Lensky in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin and Froh in Wagner’s Das Rheingold as well as in the title roles in Orfeo in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and Rossini’s Otello. In 2022, he returned to Semperoper Dresden, where he was a member of the Young Ensemble from 2016 to 2018.
Khanyiso Gwenxane has sung under the baton of conductors including Jonathan Darlington, Srba Dinić, Michael Hofstetter, Marek Janowski, Tomaš Netopil, Andrés Orozco-Estrada, Lawrence Renes, Ivan Repušić, Valtteri Rauhalammi, Corrado Rovaris, and Omer Meir Wellber, accompanied by orchestras including Dresdner Philharmonie, Kungliga Hovkapellet Stockholm, Neue Philharmonie Westfalen, Orchestr opery Divadlo Josefa Kajetána Tyla Plzen, Staatskapelle Dresden, and Staatsorchester Braunschweig. As a concert soloist, Khanyiso Gwenxane has sung Beethoven’s Symphony N ° 9, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Mendelssohn’s Der Lobgesang, Mozart’s Requiem and Schubert’s Magnificat in C.
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Rossini: Otello: “Che ascolto? ahimé, che dici? …”
Live recording 2022