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Mark Hildrew

Mark Hildrew

Executive Director
Seb Mallet

Seb Mallet

Associate Artist Manager


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About Lunga Eric

This season, engagements include a role and house debut as Il Conte d’Almaviva Il Barbiere di Siviglia at Pittsburgh Opera and a debut at Houston Grand Opera. In future seasons Hallam will debut with the São Paulo Symphony, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

He began his career in Cape Town, where he studied at the University of Cape Town College of Music, and was in the Young Artist Programme at Cape Town Opera. There he performed the roles of Tebaldo (I Capuleti e i Montecchi), Edgardo (Lucia di Lammermoor), Roberto (Maria Stuarda), and Ramiro (La Cenerentola). He also founded a non-profit organisation called Phenomenal Opera Voices in his home of Cape Town.

At the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Lunga appeared in the Harris Theater’s Beyond the Aria series alongside Joyce DiDonato, and his recent debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Riccardo Muti as the Judge in Un ballo in maschera. Recent performances at the Lyric Opera include the Sunday in the Park with Lyric’s Rising Stars concert, as well as in the Chicago premieres of Fire Shut Up in My Bones (Adult Nathan) and Le Comte Ory (First Courtier). In the 2022/23 season, he debuted at Wolftrap Opera as Don Ottavio (Don Giovanni) and Jupiter (Semele).

Lunga Eric is based in Cape Town, South Africa

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Season Highlights

Oct 2023
Pittsburgh Opera
Rossini Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Il Conte Almaviva) Antony Walker (conductor) Gregory Keller (director) Role and House Debut
Jan 2024
Houston Grand Opera
Wagner Parsifal (First Knight) Eun Sun Kim (conductor) John Caird (director) House Debut
Jul 2024
Wolf Trap Opera
Mozart Cosi Fan Tutte (Ferrando) Role Debut

Selected Repertoire

BlanchardFire Shut Up In My Bones (Adult Nathan)
DonizettiL’Elisir d’Amore (Nemorino)   •   Lucia di Lammermoor (Edgardo)   •   Maria Stuarda (Roberto)
HandelSemele (Jupiter)
MozartDon Giovanni (Don Ottavio)   •   Cosi fan tutte (Ferrando*)
RossiniIl Barbiere di Siviglia (Il Conte d’Almaviva)   •   Le comte Ory (First Courtier)   •   La Cenerentola (Ramiro)
VerdiBallo in Maschera (The Judge)

Sample Programmes

  • Recital Programme 1

    George Frideric Handel “Comfort Ye…/Ev'ry Valley” (Messiah) John Ireland: Songs Sacred and Profane “When I'm dead my Dearest” “Down by the Salley gardens” “If there were dreams to sell” Karl Goldmark “Magische tone” (Die Königin von Saba) Gaetano Donizetti “Me voglio fa na casa” Steven Mark Kohn “Ten thousand miles” “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” Will Liverman “A Golden Day” Marta Keen “Homeward Bound” Vincenzo Bellini “A tanto duo... Ascolta, o padre” (Bianca e Fernando) Judith Sephuma "Cry,Smile and Dance” Baxabene Oxam “Miriam Makheba”

  • Recital Programme 2

    Vincenzo Bellini “Vaga luna, che inargenti” Franz Schubert “Vier Canzonen”, D.688 Paolo Tosti “Non t amo piu” Maude Valerie White “How do I love thee” “So we ll go no more a roving” Moses Hogan “Deep river” Gustav Mahler “Rückert-Lieder” George Friderick Handel “Pastorello d un povero armento” (Rodelinda) Gaetano Donizetti: L’elisir d’amore “Una furtiva lagrima” Mbeki Mbali “Buya”



  • Cosi fan tutte

    Wolf Trap Opera
    Jun 2024
    • South African tenor Lunga Eric Hallam, the major star of Wolf Trap’s 2023 season, returned as Ferrando. His dulcet top range made his performance of “Un’aura amorosa” a highlight of the evening, with a gorgeous pianissimo applied to the slow repeat of the opening section.

    • Tenor Lunga Eric Hallam got onto my radar last year in WTO’s excellent Semele. Mr. Hallam sang beautifully with deep emotion saying how much his love meant to him and then later when confessing he still loved Dorabella despite her infidelity. Meaning it as a compliment, I am often reminded of Lawrence Brownlee when I hear Mr. Hallam sing.

    • Hallam’s tenor had a beautiful gleam and flutter to it, its amber color a lovely complement to White’s rounder, more rustic baritone.