Magdalene Minnaar (Soprano) is a highly respected South African performer, entrepreneurial producer and innovative director, known in the music industry as someone who continuously sets new trends and challenges conventional boundaries.
As a performer Magdalene is universally acclaimed across musical genres. She is well known as an operatic soprano who has performed in many operas, concerts, oratorios and cross-genre productions, and her collaborations with Josh Groban, Arno Carstens and Bittereinder are shining examples of her immense versatility. She was also a part of the all-female quartet Sterling EQ (playing electric violin) who won a SAMA in 2011.
Magdalene also sang the female lead in Cape Town Opera’s international touring production of Kern and Hammerstein’s Show Boat and played the role of Christine in Pieter Toerien’s production of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera to great acclaim.
After receiving her Honours Degree in Music with distinction from the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town, she was accepted into the Cape Town Opera Studio. In 2009 she was awarded a WBHO bursary, leading her to the New York Opera Studio to further her studies.
Other career highlights include performing at the opening of the Cape Town Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Sean Bovim’s Queen at the Ballet, SuperSkouspel at the FNB Stadium and performing as guest artist on the popular TV contest, The Voice – South Africa.