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Johan Botha Biography,Songs, Death, Family

Johan Botha Biography

Johan Botha was born on 19th August 1965 in Rustenburg, South Africa. He died on 8th September 2016 in Vienna, Austria. He was a South African operatic tenor.

Johan Botha Career

At the age of 10 years upto 17 years Johan Botha began his vocal training with Jarmilla Tellenger.His voice initially was trained as a bass-baritone and his first opera performance was portraying the title role in a student production of Verdi’s Falstaff.As his studies progressed under Muller his voice moved towards that of a tenor.

In 1989 Johan Botha made his professional stage debut at the municipal theatre in Roodepoort as Max in Der Freischütz. In 1990 he became a member of the opera chorus at the Bayreuth Festival.

In 1991 Johan Botha sang Riccardo in Un ballo in maschera at the Pfalztheater (de) Kaiserslautern. This was followed by performances at opera houses in Dortmund, Hagen, Hildesheim and Bonn.

In 1993 Johan Botha made his international breakthrough at the Opéra Bastille as Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly.Since then he performed at leading opera venues around the world such as the Metropolitan Opera, Vienna State Opera which made him a Kammersänger in 2003, Opera Australia, Royal Opera House (London), La Scala and the Salzburg Festival.

Johan Botha Songs

  • Turandot: Nessun dorma
  • R. Strauss: Daphne – Opera in 1 Act, Op.82 – Jeden heiligen Morgen
  • Rinaldo, Op. 50: Auf Dem Meere – Segel Schwellen
  • Rinaldo, Op. 50: Weh! Was Seh’ Ich, Welch Ein Bild!
  • Act III : Morgenlich leuchtet in rosigem Schein
  • Tosca, Act III: “E lucevan le stelle”
  • Die Frau ohne Schatten, Op. 65, TrV 234, Act III: Mir anvertraut, dass ich sie hege
  • Fidelio, Op. 72, Act II: Heil! Heil sei dem Tag!
  • Andrea Chénier: Come un bel di di maggio
  • Come un bel di di maggio
  • Die Walküre, WWV 86b, Act I: Act I: Du bist der Lenz, nach dem ich verlangte
  • I vespri siciliani: E di Manforte il cenno! Giorno di pianto
  • Rinaldo, Op. 50: Das Erfrischet Und Verwischet
  • Tannhäuser, WWV 70: Tannhäuser, Act III: Hör an, Wolfram, hör an! Inbrunst im Herzen
  • Don Carlos, Act V: “Tu che le vanità”
  • Tosca: E lucevan le stelle
  • Aïda: Act III: O tu che sei d’Osiride
  • Manon Lescaut: Donna non vidi mai
  • Turandot, Act III Scene 1: “Nessun Dorma”
  • Das Klagende Lied; Ach Bruder, lieber Bruder mein!
  • Das Klagende Lied; Beim Weidenbaum, im kühlen Tann
  • Das Klagende Lied; Ach Spielmann, lieber Spielmann mein!
  • Das Klagende Lied; Was ist der König so stumm und bleich
  • Das Klagende Lied; Ein Spielmann zog einst des Weges daher
  • Die Walkure, Act I: Wintersturme wichen dem Wonnemond
  • Parsifal, Act III: Nur eine Waffe taugt
  • Lohengrin, Act III: In fernem Land, unnahbar euren Schritten
  • Die Walküre, WWV 86b, Act I: Act I Scene 1: Wes Herd dies auch sei, hier muss ich rasten!
  • Die Walküre, WWV 86b, Act I: Act I Scene 3: Wehwalt heisst du furwahr? – Siegmund heiss’ ich
  • Act III: Was musst’ ich horen! – Willst jenes Tag’s du nicht dich mehr entsinnen
  • Act I: Am stillen Herd in Winterszeit
  • Die Walküre, WWV 86b, Act I: Act I Scene 1: Kuhlende Labung gab mir der Quell

Johan Botha Recording

Johan Botha is the most recorded South African opera singer in history.

  • 2006: d’Albert: Tiefland under Bertrand de Billy
  • 2001: Dvořák: Stabat Mater
  • 1994: Charles Koechlin: The Jungle Book
  • 1995: The Puccini Experience
  • Mahler Symphony No. 8 under Boulez and Bertrand de Billy
  • Puccini: Turandot under Gergiev (DVD)
  • Richard Strauss: Daphne under Bychkov
  • Richard Strauss: Elektra under Barenboim
  • Richard Strauss: Friedenstag under Sinopoli
  • Richard Strauss: Taillefer
  • Verdi: Aida under Gatti (DVD)
  • Verdi: Requiem under Sinopoli
  • Wagner: Lohengrin under Bychkov
  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg under Thielemann(DVD)
  • Wagner: Tristan und Isolde under Barenboim
  • Wagner: The Duet Scenes (Tristan und Isolde) under Bertrand de Billy
  • Wagner: Die Walküre under Thielemann (CD and DVD)
  • Ioan Holender Farewell Concert (Gala from the Vienna State Opera) (DVD)
  • Italian Arias (2001)
  • Wagner Tenor Arias
  • Vienna State Opera Gala (DVD)
  • Wiener Staatsoper Live: Beethoven | Wagner | Strauss (issued Feb 2017, Orfeo International CD)

Johan Botha Family

He married his wife Sonja in 1992 and they were blessed with two sons.

Johan Botha Death

He died on 8th September 2016 due to cancer.

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