Zuma, July | Tenor | Dancairo in Carmen
July Zuma, Tenor, Dancairo in Carmen
July Zuma, was born and grew up in Durban, South Africa. July obtained his Performer's Diploma in Opera at the University of Cape Town Opera School in 2005 under Prof. Angelo Gobbato as the Director of the Opera School. He Continued his operatic studies at the Conservatori Superior de Música del Liceu, Barcelona, Spain on Post Graduate Program in
Vocal Studies and Repertoire / Honors Degree with Prof. Eduardo Gimenéz from 2010 – 2012.
Recently performed the role of Gastone in Verdi's La Traviata in Monschau Festival 2016 staged by Kammeroper Köln. Appeared as a Tenor Soloist in Schubert's Missa in Bb and Mozart's Regina Coeli Easter 2016 at the St Maria Rosenkranzkirche in Kassel, Germany. Performed a staged version of Handel's Messiah at the Durban Playhouse Theater in Durban in South Africa in April 2015, directed by Ralph Lawson. Made his debut with Die Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen in “Sommer Lesmona Festival 2014” Opera Gala.
After finishing his studies, July has sung the following operatic roles: Don Basilio in Mozart's „Le nozze di Figaro" in Teatre Principal de Santanyi, Mallorca in Spanien 2011, der Heger in Dvorak's „Rusalka" Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg 2011, Rinuccio in Puccini's „Gianni Schicchi" 2012, Auditori del Conservatori del Liceu, Barcelona in Spanien, Ferrando in Mozart's „ Cosi fan Tutte“, Demetrius in Purcell's „Fairy Queen" im Joseph Stone Auditorium, Kapstadt in Südafrika 2013.
July has performed in numerous venues, including Grand Theatre Del Liceu Saló dels Miralls, Barcelona in Spain, Kammeroper Schloss Rheinsberg Festival in Rheinsberg in Germany, Artscape Theatre, Cape Town in South Africa, Baxter Theatre , Cape Town in South Africa ,Sala Mozart Auditorio de Saragoza, Saragoza in Spain, Cape Town City Hall, Cape Town in South Africa, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtnis-Kirche ,Berlin in Germany, Durban City Hall, South Africa in, The Playhouse Theater, Durban in South Africa. July is one of the Schloss Kammeroper Reinsberg Vocal Competition winners 2011.
Has attended numerous International Singing Master Classes including Montserrat Cabelle Singing Master Class 2012 held in Saragoza, Spain.
July is one of the main protagonists in the Film Documentary “Cape of Good Voices” by award winning director Ralf Pleger. The Film Documentary has been screened by German TV station Arte across Europe. Currently studying with American acclaimed dramatic soprano Leigh Hamilton as vocal teacher.