“O du mein holder abendstern”, Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner (Leipzig 1813 – Venice 1883)
Riaan Hunter (Baritone)
Albert Combrink (Piano & Arranger), Stellenbosch Camerata
Read more about Riaan Hunter Here: http://www.focto.org/riaan-hunter.php
Read more about “Opera in a Convent Garden” Here: https://www.albertcombrink.com/2014/01/01/ocg2014pressrelease/
Riaan Hunter – Baritone
Riaan started his studies at the SA College of Music in 2004. After finishing his first year he went into the commercial music industry where he has been very successful for the last seven years. His debut album Net Hier By Jou reached 19th place on Musica’s Top 20 African Sales. Recently Riaan recorded a tribute to “Ge Korsten” with Jannie Moolman that is a great hit all over South Africa.
He starred in his first musical in 2006 at the age of 20, going on to star in The King and I, The Gondoliers and HMS Pinafore for the Cape Town Gilbert and Sullivan Society. His performance in The Gondoliers earned him a special prize at the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival in England. He was also nominated for a Cape Amateur Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his leading role in HMS Pinafore in 2009.
Riaan returned to the Opera school last year to finish his studies and is currently studying with Prof. Virginia Davids. He sang the role of Guglielmo in Mozart’s Così fan tutte and tDapertutto in Offenbach’s The Tales of Hoffmann. Riaan was the winner of the Schock Singing Ccompetition in 2012. His most recent success was starring in the title role of Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”.