Style: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Title: Associate Professor of Voice and Opera, McLennan Community College
Bio: Durban-born South African Fulbrighter, soprano BRONWEN FORBAY has performed with many opera companies throughout South Africa and the US including the Wolf Trap Opera Company, the Santa Fe Opera, Amarillo Opera, the Cape Town Opera, and Opera Africa. Operatic successes include critically acclaimed performances of Mozart’s Queen of the Night at Wolf Trap, the Eugene Opera, and the Tulsa Opera. Other highly-celebrated roles include Orasia, Queen of Thrace in the US premier of Telemann’s Orpheus (Vienna, VA), Violetta in La Traviata and the title role in Lucia di Lammermoor (Cape Town), Micaëla in Carmen (Durban), and the role of Velmyra in the World Premier of Wading Home by Mary Alice Rich in Dallas (2015 and 2016), New Orleans (2016), as well as on a national tour of South Africa (2018). Opera magazine hailed her Adina in the 2016 Gauteng Opera (Johannesburg, South Africa) new production of L’élisir d’amore, mentioning that “Forbay is now in possession of a voice in full bloom. At once powerful, radiant, timbrally beautiful, and balanced throughout the range, her soprano is that of a singer at the top of her game.” Forbay.
Forbay maintains an extensive concert repertoire of standard and modern works including Bach's Cantata 51 (Dallas, TX), Haydn’s Creation (Grahamstown National Arts Festival, South Africa, with tenor Randy Umstead, DMA, TEXOMA NATS Governor, Associate Dean in the School of Music and Faculty Senate Chair at Baylor University, bass Simon Estes, and the Yale Alumni Chorus), Mozart's Requiem (Northern-Italy for Varna International), Beethoven's Missa Solemnis (Tulsa, OK), Mendelssohn’s Elijah (Dallas, TX) and Orff's Carmina Burana (College Station, TX). Forbay was the Soprano Soloist in South African composers Philip Miller’s REwind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony at the Royal Festival Hall (London, 2010), and Phelelani Mnomiya’s Inquayi Sivele weAfrika during the 2010 Soccer World Cup (South Africa).
Recent performances include Orff’s Carmina Burana (San Antonio, TX), Mozart’s Requiem (Waco, TX), recitals in Waco, Stephenville, TX, and performances of Ubuntu: We are one - a semi- autobiographical song-cycle composed for Forbay by Mary Alice Rich in Dallas, TX for the Voces Intimae Recital Series. An active recitalist, Forbay has performed national tours of South Africa as well as at the American Cathedral in Paris for the Les Arts George V Recital Series. She performed a lecture recital on Afrikaans Art Song Literature - her doctoral dissertation topic, at the 2018 Biennial National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Conference (Las Vegas, NV) with baritone Christian Bester, DMA, and pianist Stephen Pierce, DMA, as well as at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA) with Dr. Pierce (2018). Forbay has presented lecture recitals at TEXOMA NATS Regional Conferences in Commerce, TX (2017), Waco, TX (2013), and the 57th College Music Society’s National Conference in St. Louis, MO (2014). She performed with Dallas-based composer Mary Alice Rich and Matthew Hoch, DMA, at the Music by Women Festival in Columbus, MI (2016). Successful in numerous national and international competitions, Forbay won the 1st UNISA Southern African Voice Competition in 2005 and won 3rd prize in both CCM’s Corbett Competition and the 5th UNISA International Voice Competition in 2006. In 2005, she received CCM’s Sam Adams award for “Most Outstanding Performance in a CCM Opera Production” for her portrayal of the role of Ginevra in Handel’s Ariodante. She was awarded the Standard Bank National Award for Music (a prestigious national South African award) in 2007.
Degrees include a B. Mus (University of KwaZulu-Natal), M. Mus (Manhattan School of Music), an Artist Certificate (Southern Methodist University), and a DMA in Voice Performance (University of Cincinnati, CCM). Dr. Forbay is the first South African woman to have earned a DMA in voice performance. She joined the faculty at the McLennan Community College (Waco, TX) in 2016, where she is an Associate Professor of Music. She teaches Applied Voice, French, German, and English Lyric Diction. Since 2017, Dr. Forbay has served as the Vocal Contest Chair for the Texas Music Teachers Association and is the faculty sponsor for MCC's MTNA Collegiate Chapter. She was on faculty at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, while fulfilling her Fulbright homestay requirement (2009-2011), has served on faculty at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX (2012-2014), and the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, TX (2014-2016). Dr. Forbay participated in the 2013 NATS Intern Program. She has taught master classes and adjudicated competitions in the US and South Africa. Her students have been winners at DFW NATS, TEXOMA NATS, as well as TMTA Young Artist Voice Competitions.- Updated January 2020
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Opera; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I have a wait-list for private lessons; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I offer lessons in a group environment; I accept students through a college or university program