South African soprano and director Magdalene Minnaar has entertained audiences across the globe with her versatile voice and enigmatic stage presence,evident in her acclaimed performances of the female lead in the international touring production “Showboat”and The Phantom of the Opera.
Magdalene has collaborated and performed with world renowned musicians such as Bony M, Arno Carstens, Zolani Mahola and international sensation Josh Groban on his visit to South Africa in 2016. She has been hailed a “musical rebel” by the press, mostly due to her mission to re-invent the face of Classical Music in South Africa. She is an opera singer, director, producer, and musical entrepreneur with many accolades under her belt.
A recent Kyk-net Fiesta and Fleur du Cap nominee and SAMA winner, Magdalene has won numerous awards and prizes including the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition (winner), the UNISA Voice Competition (song prize), a Kanna Award as part of the South African (Best Classical Production) and also the prize as Best Overall Production at the 2014 for the opera, which Magdalene produced as well as singing the lead role.
She has collaborated widely across genres, working with internationally acclaimed producers and musicians, including an operatic electronic collaboration withher brother Louis, entitled “MiNNAAR”