Goitsemang Lehobye

Goitsemang Lehobye


Goitsemang Lehobye was born in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa and first heard opera performed during a television broadcast featuring the South African Black Tie Opera Ensemble. After finishing school she followed her dream by joining the Black Tie Ensemble’s “Incubator” Scheme where she began learning the tools of the trade of being an opera singer. She worked her way from chorus member to ensemble and solo work and performed in a number of opera productions.

In 2011 Goitsemang won a scholarship to study singing with Hanna van Niekerk and Prof Kamal Khan at the University of Cape Town’s College of Music. Productions include La Boheme, Postcards from Morocco, Don Giovanni, and most recently Violetta in the joint UCT/Cape Town Opera production of La Traviata to great acclaim. She was invited as a guest soloist in opera galas featuring Johan Botha and Neil Schicoff. She often performs as a soloist with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, and in October 2015 she premiered a new song cycle by South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen, conducted by Perry So. In December 2015 she was invited to perform in a new opera by David Earl in Cambridge, England. 2016 highlights included singing as a soloist for Opera Galas with renowned tenor Johan Botha in Cape Town and Johannesburg and touring to Argentina as Serena in the Cape Town Opera production of Porgy and Bess.

Goitsemang moved to the USA at the beginning of 2017 to continue her studies at the University of Michigan with Professor Daniel Washington. She has already appeared in two of their productions, The Difficulty of Crossing a Field by David Lang and Dinner at Eight by William Bolcom. Goitsemang won the University of Michigan Friends of the Opera Anna Chapekis Award 2017. She also performed in a new production of the Ira Gershwin version of Porgy and Bess with the University of Michigan Musical Society. Specific Highlights for 2018 included the invitation to return to South Africa to sing in the Passion for Opera celebrating the life and work of Angelo Gobbato alongside a host of internationally recognized South African singers, as well as singing in Mahler’s 2nd symphony for the reopening of the City Hall in Cape Town. She was also the chosen soloist for the first-ever tour of the Minnesota Symphony Orchestra to South Africa where she premiered a new work by Bongani Ndodana Breen – Harmonia Ubuntu. Performances took place in Minnesota and across South Africa and included Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Her 2019 highlights include her return to the Minnesota Orchestra for their summer season performing Bachianas Brasileiras No 5. – Victor Villa Lobos and Osvaldo Golijov’s Three Songs for Soprano and Orchestra, and their winter season performing Dona Nobis by Vaughan Williams. She also performed the role of Mimi from La Boheme with the University of Michigan to critical acclaim.  In 2021, Goitsemang was offered a position to pursue her studies at the University of Michigan. That same year she performed in many concerts and sang the role of Miranda Parker from the opera, Rise for Freedom by Adolphus Hailstork. This summer of 2023 she is covering the role of Aida with Finger Lakes Opera.