Caruso & Lanza in Africa

The Aardklop Aubade classical music concert series in collaboration with the Afrikaanse Hoër Seunskool presents Caruso & Lanza in Africa on Sunday, 06 June 2021 at 11am in the school hall. This is the fifth concert in the series that now combines the vocal prowess of the multi-talented opera tenor, Phenye Modiane with Steinway artist and celebrated pianist, Charl du Plessis on piano. Both artists have performed internationally and the combination of their talents at home for the first-time next month is a major coup for Aardklop Aubade. Tickets for this 75-minute concert are priced at R100 for learners, R170 for pensioners and R190 for adults are on sale at


Mario Lanza and Enrico Caruso reign supreme as the top tenor voices in history. This year marks a century “milestone” for these iconic tenors.  Lanza would have celebrated his 100th birthday and Caruso passed away 100 years ago. The next Aardklop Aubade features the biggest arias, Neapolitan songs and favourites from musicals as sung by these two unforgettable singers. Caruso & Lanza in Africa features the award-winning tenor Phenye Modiane who teams up with pianist, Charl du Plessis in an unforgettable experience for opera lovers. The programme includes well known favourites such as  “O sole Mio”, “Una Furtiva Lagrima”, “Granada” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” amongst other works made famous by Caruso and Lanza.

Born in Ga-Rankuwa, Phenye Modiane completed his BTech Degree in Vocal Art at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in 2006. Since 2011, he performed in numerous productions for Opera Africa from Carmen to Cosi fan Tutte and La Traviata. He joined Gauteng Opera in 2017 where he served as artistic director until 2019. In May 2019, Phenye performed at Malmö Opera Theatre in Sweden as part of the Star For Life fundraising Concert. Phenye is currently the founder and Managing Director of Johannesburg Opera NPC which was introduced to the public on 01 December 2019. He continues to perform, produce concerts/productions and also teach, coach, and manage artists.