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Righard Linde (Tenor)

Righard started singing at the age of 12 and has won several gold medals in the Tzaneen Regional eisteddfods in his school years. His formal singing lessons started at the age of 16, with the soprano Buzandi Cassan. In 2000 Righard took part in the “World Championship of Performing Arts” in Los Angeles, California ( USA); Righard was awarded with a Gold Medal for Opera, a Gold Medal for Own Composition, Silver for Jazz and a Bronze for Country Music.

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In 2001 Righard enrolled for the BTech in Vocal Arts at the Tswane University of Technology, under the tutelage of Mr. Eric Muller, during which he receives the “Friends of the Opera” bursary.

In 2002 Righard sang his opera debut in Lorzing’s opera “Zar und Zimmermann” as Peter Ivanov, he also sang Belmonte in “Die Entfürung aus dem Serail” by Mozart. In this same year Righard received the “Johan Botha Bursary”.

In 2003 Righard sang in the semi professional production of “Don Pasquale” (Donizetti) in the role of Ernesto for the Impresario Company “Salon Music”. He took part in the “Deutch Süd Afrikanishe Meisterklas Program” in Berlin, with Kamersängerin Geier-Ashkenasi. And he sang in the acclaimed concert, “Debut with Mimi”.

2004 Righard does his professional Opera Debut with the “Pro Musica Theatre” in the role of Goro in Madam Butterfly, from Puccini). He also sings Tamino in the TUT production of “Die Zauber Flöte” by Mozart.Righardin this year he was awarded with Mimi Coertze Bursary.

2006-2007 Righard receives the highest mark in a Final year Singing Exam (87%) in the history of the Vocal Art Department of The Tswane University of Technology. Righard receives his BTech Vocal Art degree and does several concerts and public performances in SA and abroad.

2008 Righard sang the role of Ernesto in Salon Music’s, “Don Pasquale”, with a professional Cast. In October of this year