Mossolow, Sabina

Mossolow, Sabina

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Soprano Sabina Mossolow was born in Windhoek, Namibia, of Russian-German parentage.

A student of renowned voice teacher Nellie du Toit, Sabina completed a BA degree in music and French, an honours degree in journalism, a higher performer’s licentiate in music, as well as an honours and master’s degree in music at the University of Stellenbosch.

For nine years she resided in Freiburg, Germany, where she furthered her vocal studies at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik under Prof Beata Heuer-Christen and Prof Maria Orán. On completion of her diploma (Künstlerische Reifeprüfung) Donald Runnicles contracted her to the Freiburg Municipal Theatre where she sang roles such as Musetta (La bohème), Michaëla (Carmen), Erste Dame (Die Zauberflöte),  Ghita (Der Zwerg), Fiordiligi (Così fan tutte)  Marina (I quattro rusteghi) as well as Violetta (La traviata) working with producers such as Christof Loy and Gerd Heinz.

Since her return to South Africa in the late nineties, Sabina has sung locally, in Namibia, Germany and Italy in recitals ranging from opera, operetta and lieder to genre of the lighter classical repertoire. She has appeared at various arts festivals locally and enjoys the artistic team work of accompanists such as Albie van Schalkwyk, Elna van der Merwe, Benjamin van Eeden, Lisa Engelbrecht and José Dias.

On several occasions Sabina has collaborated with composer Hendrik Hofmeyr as accompanist in recitals which included his works. Amongst others she has sung the première of his Sinfonia Africana in with the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra ,  Dover Beach and Due sonetti di Petrarca with the Collage ensemble, Die stil avontuur and has record his song cycle Of darkness and the heart with the Odeon String Quartet in Bloemfontein.

Being an art song enthusiast with a wide repertoire, Sabina is a regular guest at the Songmakers’ Guild in Cape Town, where she has performed a.o. in recitals dedicated to the Russian and Italian repertoire. As ensemble musician she has performed with Trio con brio in works for voice, piano and clarinet, the Ace Quartet and the Collage Ensemble with whom she premiered a work “Hi yom” in the Igbu language by the Nigerian Composer Christian Onyeji.

Sabina has sung Les nuits d’été (Berlioz) at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre with the Cape Town Symphony Orchestra and was the soprano soloist in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony with the CPO under Benjamin Zander.  She was the understudy for Andrea Catzel in the role of the Marschallin in Strauss’s Der Rosenkavalier for Cape Town Opera. Her oratorio repertoire, includes a.o. Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Mass in c minor as well as Cartellieri’s Gioas, re di Guida at the Musiktage St. Peter with the Freiburger Kammerorchester under Klaus Hövelmann .(available on CD)

A winner of the voice category of the ATKV Forte Competition, Sabina made her debut with the Natal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Youth Concerto Festival in Durban under David Tidboald. She was a semi-finalist in the UNISA International Singing Competition and received master classes from Galina Vishnevskaja in Salzburg, Kammersängerin Margherita Lilowa in Varna, Bulgaria, as well as Elly Ameling. Sabina, who was a soloist at the International Youth Festival Meeting in Bayreuth, is also a recipient of an International Richard Wagner Society bursary.

Before embarking on a singing career, Sabina enjoyed a two year stint as journalist for the Namibian Nature Conservation Directorate. She has furthermore lectured Italian for singers at the University of Stellenbosch, is a free lance journalist and was responsible for organizing the Symbiosis concert series in Stellenbosch. A keen linguist, she has a knowledge of eight languages of which she speaks five fluently.

Published 09.04.2013

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