Lesego Mkhwanazi was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa. He developed his love of singing whilst being a member of his local Community Youth Choir in Mabopane. In 2009 Lesego had his first experience of opera when he attended a performance by the Black Tie Ensemble – and was instantly enthralled. His dream of becoming an opera singer finally materialized in 2013 when he enrolled in the Black Tie Ensemble’s “Incubator” Scheme where he began learning about the world of opera. Whilst there, he worked as both chorus member and soloist for various productions including Cosi van Tutte, Opera Gala evenings, the Sunday Concert Series and a series of opera highlights from the Marriage of Figaro, Falstaff, Un Ballo in Maschera and Barber of Seville and well as singing regularly for corporate events, and private functions. In 2015 he enrolled to study his Performers Diploma in Opera at the University of Cape Town, training with baritone Patrick Tikolo and receiving opera coaching from Professor Kamal Khan. He is currently in his second year of study and already has been involved in a number of opera productions including La Traviata, Marriage of Figaro and 4/30 New Operas. Upcoming productions for 2016 include Gianni Schicchi, Magic Flute and Orfeo.