Sakhiwe Mkosana, from Queenstown, South Africa, joined the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt in March 2023. You can see and hear him making his debut in a new production of Kurt Weill's The Tsar wants his Photograph Taken and then the Imperial Commissioner in the first revival of our new Madama Butterfly. He studied for his bachelor of music with Gwyneth Lloyd at Fort Hare University before joining Cape Town Opera's chorus in 2019 and took part in a production of African Passion, which went on tour in the Netherlands; the same year he took part in Orphée et Eurydice and toured Germany in a concert version of Porgy and Bess. Other productions with Cape Town Opera included La Bohème (2020) and Britten's Curlew River (2021). He then went to Cape Town University (UCT) where he gained his Advanced Diploma in Opera Performance with the help of Prof. Jeremy Silver and his singing teacher Patrick Tikolo and sang Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte). He finished studying for his post grad in operatic singing there in 2022, sang the title role in the world premiere of a Namibian opera Chief Hijangua in the National Theatre of Namibia and Melisso in a joint UCT / Cape Town Opera production of Handel's Alcina. He won the 2022 Eva Kleinitz Prize at the 8th International Opera Singing Competition in Portofino, Italy, the 2020 Schock Foundation Opera Competition and came second at the 2022 Neue Stimmen International Singing Competition in Gütersloh.