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Johan Botha



Johan Botha in action.
Johan Botha in Tannhäuser, The Royal Opera © ROH/Clive Barda, 2010

In the 2013/14 Season South African tenor Johan Botha sings Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten) with The Royal Opera, a role he previously sang for the Company in the 2001/2 Season. He made his Royal Opera debut in 1995 as Rodolfo (La bohème). Other roles for the Company have included Radames (Aida), Calaf (Turandot), Lohengrin and Tannhäuser.

Botha was born in Rustenburg and began singing lessons aged ten. After completing his education and military training, he studied in Pretoria, first as a bass-baritone and later as a tenor. He made his stage debut at the municipal theatre in Roodepoort as Max (Der Freischütz) in 1989, and his international debt at Opéra-Bastille as Pinkerton (Madama Butterfly) in 1993. He has since performed at all of the major opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York, La Scala, Milan, and Vienna State Opera, and for the Bayreuth Festival. His repertory includes Otello, Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Walther von Stolzing (Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg), Andrea Chénier, Bacchus (Ariadne auf Naxos), Parsifal and Siegmund (Die Walküre). He also appears regularly in concert, working with conductors including Abbado, Barenboim, Gatti, Maazel and Pappano, and has recorded extensively on CD and DVD.

Botha was awarded the title of Austrian Kammersänger in 2004. He currently lives in Vienna with his wife and two sons.

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