Monwa’s fabulous opprtunity!
Monwa needs your support! We have wonderful news of Monwabisi Lindi whom many of you may have seen singing Rodolfo in our last year’s production of ‘La bohème’ (which, incidentally, has just received the 2020 London NODA Opera Award).
Monwabisi (Monwa for short) is a fabulously talented young singer. He comes from an extremely deprived background in a South African township, where opportunities for a career in opera do not exist. HGO is excited to have spotted him and helped him to commence his journey towards a significant career.
In 2019, HGO invited Monwa to the UK to sing Rodolfo. He thrilled audiences and was marked out by many in the opera world as a voice and talent to watch. The critic David Karlin wrote in Bachtrack:
“All the boys excel vocally, none more so than South African tenor Monwabisi Lindi as Rodolfo. It may be a few years before his voice is big enough to sing this role in a full size opera house, but I want to be there when it happens, because he is a star in the making. He injects heartfelt emotion into both his voice and his acting, with an easy charm and a delightful lilt to his phrasing that utterly transported me.”
Monwa has been offered a place at the renowned National Opera Studio in London. He is one of only eight singers world-wide to be taken on to this prestigious and world-famous programme, starting this autumn. (Despite the current restrictions entailed by the COVID pandemic, we are informed that the course will continue as planned). HGO has supported his visa application with costs and references.
How you can help –
Crucially, Monwa needs financial support. The National Opera Studio gives some funding to all its singers but living is expensive in London. (And Monwa needs to ensure living costs for his wife and child in Port Elizabeth). We estimate he will need £10,000 to see him through the study period and we are seeking to support him. Can you help him achieve his dream and to launch an extraordinary new talent?
We at HGO are very keen to back Monwa’s amazing abilities and to honour his heart warming story, which also sends out such a strong message of promise for others.
Please consider donating to HGO to support Monwa – every eligible donation will receive a boost from Government GiftAid. If we are fortunate enough to exceed our target, we will use any surplus to support future HGO singers with financial needs.
You can donate now via PayPal (you can use credit card and we will receive the full amount – please remember to check the GiftAid box after completing payment) – or you can send a cheque payable to HGO Trust Ltd. to us at 107, Old Park Avenue, Enfield EN2 6PP.
If you would like further information about Monwa please email us.