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South African soprano and director Magdalene Minnaar has entertained audiences

across the globe with her versatile voice and enigmatic stage presence,

evident in her acclaimed performances of the female lead in the

international touring production Showboat and The Phantom of the Opera.

Magdalene has collaborated and performed with world renowned musicians such as

Bony M, Arno Carstens, Zolani Mahola and international sensation Josh Groban on his visit to South Africa in 2016.

She has been hailed a “musical rebel” by the press, mostly due to her mission to re-invent the face of Classical Music in South Africa. She is an opera singer, director, producer, and musical entrepreneur with many accolades under her belt.

A recent Kyk-net Fiesta and Fleur du Cap nominee and SAMA winner, Magdalene has won numerous awards and prizes including the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition (winner), the UNISA  Voice Competition (song prize), a Kanna Award

as part of the  South African Sopranos (Best Classical Production)

and also the prize as Best Overall Production  at the 2014 Clover Aardklop for the opera Poskantoor which Magdalene produced as well as singing the lead role.

She has collaborated widely across genres, working with internationally acclaimed producers and musicians, including an operatic electronic collaboration with her brother Louis, entitled MiNNAAR.


Capital Singers - Musical Extravaganza

Capital Singers - Movie Music

Nocturnes by Franco Prinsloo iTunes

MiNNAAR - Darkness Falls Free Download

MiNNAAR - Safe & Sound Free Download

MiNNAAR - Volcano Free Download

BITTEREINDER - Dinkdansmasjien Featured artist ’12

WORMSTORM ENSEMBLE - Not I, but a friend Featured artist ’12

VUURVOËL - Flute, Soprano, Piano Order Album

LARRY JOE - Crazy Life Buy

DIE BUITESTAANDERS - Piano & Soprano SA works Free Download

FreeSTERLING EQ - Nova Electric Violinist ’09

LOUIS MINNAAR - Sleepamatition Download

HENDRIK HOFMEYR - Selected Works Order


After receiving her Honours degree in Music with distinction from the College of Music at the University of Cape Town, she was accepted into the prestigious Cape Town Opera Studio where she performed and studied nearly 20 roles, including Gilda (Rigoletto), Zerlina (Don Giovanni) and understudy of the Queen of the Night in William Kentridge's celebrated version of The Magic Flute. Since completing her two years at the Studio, highlights include performing as soloist at the opening of the Cape Town Stadium, as well as the annual RMB Starlight Classics, Last Night of the Proms, Sean Bovim’s spectacular tribute show Queen at the Ballet and Deon Opperman’s multi-media oratorio Die Skepping. Magdalene also sang the role of Emily Hobhouse in Nicola Hanekom’s award winning site-specific production, Land van Skedels. In 2009 she was awarded a WBHO bursary for overseas study, which lead her to the New York Opera Studio where she furthered her studies. In 2010 Magdalene started Biblioteek Productions, which provides a platform for performers, composers, directors and designers to collaborate on theatrical productions and conceptual music experiences, focussing strongly on contemporary Classical Music and new operas. These projects have been widely acclaimed, labeled “ground breaking work” and have kickstarted her career as a young director, following her lifetime passion of creating beautiful and inspiring theatre. She will make her international debut directing a new South African musical with CALLING ME HOME in August. /