Durban-born South African Fulbrighter BRONWEN FORBAY’S operatic successes include critically acclaimed performances of Mozart’s Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute with the Wolf Trap Opera Company, Eugene Opera, and Tulsa Opera. Other celebrated roles include Orasia, Queen of Thrace in the U. S. premier of Telemann’s Orpheus, Adina in L’Elisir d’amore, Velmyra in the world premiere of Wading Home by Mary Alice Rich, Violetta in La Traviata, and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor with the Cape Town Opera. Successful in numerous voice competitions, Forbay was awarded the 2007 Standard Bank National Award for Music (a prestigious national South African award whose recipients include Pretty Yende). She has performed lecture-recitals at TEXOMA NATS, National NATS, and CMS National Conferences. In Summer 2022, Forbay is presenting at both the National NATS Conference and International Congress of Voice Teachers. Forbay served as the TMTA Voice Contest Chair from 2018-2021 and is the first South African woman to earn a DMA in voice performance. Two articles on an Introduction to Afrikaans Diction for Singers coauthored with colleague Dr. Christian Bester will appear in the NATS Journal of Singing in March/April 2022. Dr. Forbay is a Visiting Associate Professor of Voice at Furman University in Greenville, SC, and is a member of the NATS International Advisory Committee. She holds a B. Mus. from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, an M. Mus. from the Manhattan School of Music, an Artist Certificate from the Southern Methodist University, and a DMA from the University of Cincinnati, CCM.

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