“Africa Voices has been the most beneficial vocal, career and personal training I have ever had. Although I have had formal training in singing and classical music, nothing quite matches up to the information I have received and the experiences I have had through this programme. It has given me unique practical tools, a fresh mind set, renewed ambition and most importantly belief in my self. It has healed and strengthened my wings, and now I can fly."
Monika Wassung is a classically trained Mezzo-Soprano who performs under the name Monika Voysey. She began her journey in music as a flautist, and this was her focus throughout her Undergraduate studies. Towards the end of her Undergraduate degree, Monika found her passion for Opera. She was awarded a scholarship to study at The Royal College of Music in Stockholm, and this is where her operatic training began.
When Monika returned from Stockholm in 2008, she began developing a career as a classical singer. She competed and was a finalist in the SAMRO competition twice, and she was also given a bursary by The National Arts Council. Monika then decided to study a Post Graduate Diploma in Opera at UCT, and was simultaneously offered a prestigious position singing as a soloist in the Cape Town Opera Studio. She performed five lead roles while being in the studio. Thereafter, Monika became a highly sought-after Mezzo-Soprano appearing as a soloist with KwaZulu Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cape Philharmonic Orchestra, and Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and sang under the baton of Kamal Kahn, Richard Cock, Jonas Alber and Alex Fokkens.
Monika has a wide classical repertoire. She has performed as the alto soloist in over fifteen Oratorios, including a modern South African oratorio: Credo in which she appeared as a soloist alongside Sibongile Khumalo. She has performed three art song cycles- one of which was sung with the UCT Symphony Orchestra, and another was a modern Song Cycle written by composer Adrian More. In terms of modern South African music, Monika also performed a lead role in Ndodana-Breen’s world premiere of Winne: The Opera. Being a flexible singer, she also performs as a soloist with the Baroque ensemble Cape Consort.
In 2014, Monika was selected as one of eight singers to participate in career, performance and recording workshops run by the organisation, Africa Voices. Through the inspiration that this programme has given her, she and her husband Marc Wassung will be launching a company- Sing for your Supper. This is a company which puts on dinner parties with an opera concert. More information can be found at www.singforyoursupper.co.za.