Musa is a native of South Africa and graduated with Honors in Performance (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Cape Town and recently a graduate of the prestigious opera institution, the Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) in Philadelphia.
Mr. Ngqungwana has been nominated for the Marian Anderson Award at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC for a ceremony in October, 2014. Musa is the 2014 winner of the Cesare Santeremo/Dr.Campbell Award from Opera Index in NYC; he is the 2013 Grand Finals Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions; A 2013 recipient of the Lissner Charitable Award from the Licia Abanese/Puccini International Vocal Competition; Musa is also the recipient of the Apollo Music Trust, 2013, The Oppenheimer Memorial Trust, 2011; Winner of the WBHO/Jan Kaminski Award, 2010.
He was a finalist and awarded the prize of “Die Zeit” at the 29th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Competition in Vienna, Austria; "He is the winner for the role of Ping at the International Turandot Competition organized by the International Institute for Opera and Poetry in 2009; the winner of the Schock Prize for Singing at the Baxter Theater in Cape Town in 2007.
Upcoming performances include role debut as Colline in La bohème with Washington National Opera in October and a newly commissioned work as Nelson Mandela in Opera Africa’s The Struggle is My Life.
Mr. Ngqungwana has worked with Angelo Gobbato, Marco Armiliato, Tito Capobianco, Corrado Rovaris, Thaddeus Strassberger, Nic Muni, Christofer Macatsoris, Kamal Khan, Gianfranco Debosio and Antonio Pirolli. Previously performed operatic roles include him as Figaro in Le nozze di Figaro, Leporello in Don Giovanni, Dr. Dulcamara in L’elisir d’amore, and Don Profondo in Il viaggio a Reims with the University Of Cape Town Opera School.
He has also performed as L’hotelier in Manon with ArtsCape Opera House, Ping in Turandot with Teatro Filarmonico (Verona), Priest in Cunning Little Vixen with ArtsCape Theater. Other Roles include the Governor’s Servant in Garwood’s Scarlett Letter with Merriam Theater, Talpa in Il tabarro with Perelman Hall at the Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, Count Waldner in Arabella with the Helen Corning Warden Theater, Commendatore in Don Giovanni with the Walter K. Gordon Theater at Rutgers, Lorenzo in I Capuleti ed i Montecchi and Zuniga in Carmen with the Crested Butte Music Festival, the four villains in Les contes d’Hoffmann with the Academy of Vocal Arts, title role in Verdi's Oberto and Gremin in Eugene Onegin; Sancho Pança in Massenet's Don Quichotte; Samuel in Un ballo in maschera and Les Comte Griuex in Manon with the Academy of Vocal Arts; and Il Gran Sacerdote in Verdi’s Nabucco with Opera Philadelphia.