Phumzile Sojola

tenor

Phumzile Sojola, a tenor originally from South Africa has enjoyed performing on stages around the world. In 2010 he made his New York City Opera debut as Herrison in Chabrier's L'Etoile and recently he returned to Lyon France and Edinburgh Scotland in Opera National de Lyon's production of Porgy and Bess as Robbins and Crab Man. Other roles include Popo in Troubled Island with New York City Opera, Monostatos in Die Zauberflote, the Messenger in Aida, Remendado in Carmen, and Mingo in Porgy and Bess with Dayton Opera. He also enjoyed success as the leader in Lost in the Stars with Skylark Opera, Arthur in Nathan Davis's jazz opera Just above my Head with Opera Theater of Pittsburgh and Rodolfo in La Boheme with the Missouri Symphony.

Phumzile has performed concerts with Orchestras such as Knoxville Philharmonic, Lexington Philharmonic, Evansville Philharmonic and the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Maestro David Wilkins. He has also performed with the American Spiritual Ensemble in Spain and the United States and can be heard on their recording The Spirituals. Since 2006, he has toured internationally with the Three Mo' Tenors.

Phumzile studied at the University of Kentucky and the College Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati. He has been a Young Artist with Glimmerglass Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Kentucky Opera and Dayton Opera and is a Grand Prize winner of the Orpheus National Vocal Competition. Recently, Phumzile has taken on the most important role in his life, father to a baby girl.