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.
Afrikaans Art Song: A Stylistic Study and Performance Guide
The aim of this document is to introduce Afrikaans art song literature to the international Western classical singing community. The introduction situates the topic in its historical context, providing an overview of the Afrikaans language’s European and indigenous influences, as well as the measures taken to elevate its socio-linguistic status. Information is included on the Afrikaans literary tradition and its impact on the development of the Afrikaans art song. Part One includes chapters on basic grammar and pronunciation for sung diction. Part Two includes chapters briefly defining the genre by describing the eclectic Western classical influences inherent in the music through a survey of selected songs by the following diverse composers: S. le Roux Marais (1896-1976), John K. Pescod (1896-1985), Arnold Van Wyk (1916-1983) and Pieter de Villiers (1924- ). In conclusion, recommendations for performance practice are offered. Translations of selected songs and lists of published song output by the four composers are located in the appendix.
Given the dearth of published studies on this genre in English, it is hoped that this document will be a significant contribution to the discipline.