Otto Maidi

Otto Maidi is at home on the opera stage as well as the concert stage and hailed for his warm buttery tone and pure, bell-like quality. Otto is also highly appreciated and successful in the genre of musicals.

In this season of 2011/12 Otto Maidi will sing the role of Titurel in MalmöOpera’s production of Parsifal during the spring.

In autumn 2009 he sang Colline in La Bohème at Opera Sør, Norway.

Already at a tender age of eight Otto Maidi began singing in his church’s Sunday school and his school in Pretoria, South Africa. As he grew up, he began to sing in various community choirs such as the S.O.S choir, T.U.A.T.A. Choir and the E.L.C.S.A.M.O.

In 1996 Otto joined the Pretoria State Chorus and the Pro Musica Opera Chorus. A few years later he made his debut as Zeno’s father in both William Kentridge’s musicals “Zeno @ 4 am” and “Confessions of Zeno”. With these productions Otto performed in the US and Europe.

From then on his path was decided and he began his journey of becoming a classical singer. He attended singing lessone at the Pretoria Technikon Opera School under Piere du Toit and later moved on to Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where he obtained his Artist Certificate Degree in Vocal Performance under Prof. Barbara Hill-Moore.

Some more of his performed roles are: Sacristan in Tosca, Bonzo in Madama Butterfly, Colline in La Bohème, Peter in Hansel and Gretel, Crown in Porgy & Bess, Olin Blitch in Susannah, Banco in Macbeth, Ramfis in Aida, Vodnick in Rusalka, Dulcamara in L’Elisir d’Amore and a highly acclaimed Joe in Show Boat.

In concerts, Otto has sung with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the Turtle Creek Chorale and the Meadows Symphony Orchestra, and he has performed sacred morks as Verdi’s Requiem, Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Gounod’s Messe Sollenelle, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and Telemann’s Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen.

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