The South African bass-baritone Thesele Kemane, who graduated from, and was awarded a scholarship by, the Julliard School in New York's Kovner Fellowship Program, joined the Opera Studio at Oper Frankfurt in the 2016/17 season, during which he sang the Casino Director in Harry Kupfer's production of Der Spieler/The Gambler, and roles in the new production of Les Troyens and revivals of Pelléas et Mélisande and Arabella. His roles for the company this season are a Gipsy in Il Trovatore, Ordulfo in Manfred Trojahn's Enrico, a cleric in Aus einem Totenhaus/From the House of the Dead - all new productions, Alessio in La sonnambula and 2nd Mate in Billy Budd. He took part in the Glimmerglass Festival's Young Artist Program and was invited to join the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome. Roles he has sung to date include Rossini's Stabat mater, Mozarts Figaro, Rossini's Basilio (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Don Prudenzio (Il viaggio a Reims), Colline (La Bohème), Nick Shadow (The Rake’s Progress), Lindorf / Dr. Miracle (The Tales of Hoffmann) and the Forester (The Cunning Little Vixen). Concert work in Cape Town has included performances of Handel's Messiah and Haydn's Schöpfung/Creation.