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Zenobia Kloppers is a Singer, Actress, Voice Artist, Playwright, Edu-Writer & Publisher

Performer's Biography :: Performances | Studies & Training

Zenobia Kloppers is a Namibian-born South African-based singer (soprano), actress (stage and television), voice artist (radio theatre), and writer (plays and educational publications). She is well known for her versatility as a performer and vocal interpreter, with numerous roles depicted in theatre, music theatre and music productions, and on televisin and radio theatre series and features, showcasing her God-given talent in theatres, at arts festivals, on television, and on radio airwaves in South Africa, Namibia and abroad.

"Zenobia Kloppers proves the kingpin -- or is it queen? [...] with a voice trained for opera but perfectly at home in humbler musical tasks; she also shines in dramatic sketches and dance." - Peter Byrne, Swans Commentary

She is well known for her versatility as a performer and vocal interpreter, with numerous roles depicted in music and theatre productions, showcasing her God-given talent in theatres, at arts festivals, and on radio and television in South Africa, Namibia and abroad. Zenobia works prolifically in radio dramas (for RSG) and television series (for SABC and KykNet). She is currently also working on her debut solo CD. For more info, visit her calendar or gallery.

Performances :: Music & Theatre

As a US and UCT opera student, Zenobia was cast in various student opera productions, such as Die Zauberflöte (2000, as The Queen of the Night, directed by Christine Crouse); Il Matrimonio Segretto (1996, as Carolina, directed by Christine Crouse); Hansel und Gretel (1996, as Gretel and The Sandman, directed by Angelo Gobbato); and The Impressario (1996, directed by Jean Stuart), among others.

Her debut performance in professional theatre was as one of the Maria’s in Hannes Muller and Didi Kriel’s Afrikaans musical Antjie Somers (2000), while she was still a student at the University of Stellenbosch (US) Conservatoire of Music. Upon completing her studies, Zenobia completed her first full-length drama, Klarabelle gaan Kaaptoe (2002). She performed the title role of "Klarabelle" in Klarabelle gaan Kaaptoe (2002-2003), directed by Monique Seigels. She received critical acclaim for her portrayal, and performed at all the major arts festivals in South Africa, as well as a successful run at Artscape (Arena Theatre) and the Baxter (Studio Theatre).

     

Zenobia portrayed Ouma Dina in Sonne Skaamte (2002,) directed by Janice Honeyman, and staged as a PlayGround performed reading. In 2003 she created the role of the female lead in Randall Wicomb’s music production Oos Wes Tuis Bes (2003-2004), directed by Johan Rademan. She recorded the vocals for this role on the CD by the same title.

     

Zenobia was cast as "Salieri's Cook" in Peter Shaffer`s smash hit play Amadeus (2006) directed by Lara Foot Newton, and performed alongside three-time Tony-nominated actor, Brian Murray. Shortly thereafter,  Zenobia created the role of "Dinah" in Kramer-Petersen’s award winning hit musical Ghoema (SA Run, 2005-2006) and Spice Drum Beat: Ghoema (London Run, 2006-2007) and performed to critical acclaim. For this role she received a 2006 Naledi Theatre Award nomination for Best Female Lead in a Musical, and a 2006 Fleur du Cap nomination for Best Performance in a Musical (Group). She recorded the vocals for this role on the CD by the same title, as well as the performance on DVD.

Award/Nomination Category Productions Year View/Listen
Naledi Theatre Award Nomination Best Female Performer in Musical Kramer-Petersen’s Ghoema 2006 Meisje Loos
Fleur du Cap Award Nomination Best Cast Performance in Musical Kramer-Petersen’s Ghoema 2006 Meisje Loos

Zenobia has portrayed iconic leading roles, notably,  "Fiela" in Fiela se Kind (2007) directed by Sandra Prinsloo; and "Saartjie Baartman" in Braam  van der Vyver’s Sarah (2006) – the tragic story about the “first” Hottentot-Venus, directed by Anthony Wilson. Her performance as “Poppie” in Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena for RSG Radio Drama is critically acclaimed. The recent rebroadcast of this play attracted the largest listening audience in 75 years on RSG.

Other notable performances include: "Ouma Ruby/Ouma Mollie" in Shirley, Goodness and Mercy (2007) directed by Janice Honeyman; Broadway Babies (2007-2008), directed by Fred Abrahamse; and Die Kaapse Kabaret (2009), directed by Juanita Swanepoel for Die Suidoosterfees and KKNK.  Her dark cabaret revue, Black & Blue (2007), directed by Monique Seigels, was hailed by Die Burger as “jewel of a program” ~ Die Burger.

In 2008 Zenobia was appointed as the Communications Director of her publishing company, SeiKlo Publishers. She has been keeping busy writing and developing handbooks, study guides and readers for Afrikaans and English literature, drama and film study, specifically geared towards high school learners.

Zenobia continues to work prolifically in radio dramas (for RSG) and television series (for SABC and KykNet), theatre and music. She is currently also working on her debut solo CD. For more info, visit her calendar or gallery.

Studies & Training :: Voice & Drama

Zenobia's classical voice training spans a period of more than two decades (20 years). At the age of five, Zenobia knew that she wanted to be a singer. At the age of twelve, after watching a documentary series on Dame Nellie Melba (1861– 1931), an Australian operatic soprano who became one of the most famous singers of the late Victorian Era and the early 20th century, Zenobia decided that she wanted to be classical singer.

In 1989, at the tender age of 16, Zenobia began her formal classical voice training. She studied with some of South Africa’s top singing teachers, such as Jean Stuart, Petrus van Heerden, Wendy Fine, and Désirée Talbot, among others. After the passing of her beloved friend and mentor, Jean Stuart (Mezzo-Soprano) in 2012, Zenobia is taking her vocal training to further heights with Jean's long-time friend, Nicola Cencherle (Lirico-Spinto Tenor).

Degree/Course UniversityInstitution Specialisation/Focus Area Deparment
Performer’s Licentiate in Music University of Stellenbosch (US)
Opera and Lieder Music College
  University of Stellenbosch (US) Drama, Physical Theatre & Movement Drama School
Performer's Diploma in Drama University of Cape Town (UCT) Speech and Drama Drama School
  University of Cape Town (UCT)
Diction and Presentation Music College
  University of Cape Town (UCT)
Stagecraft and Movement Music College
BSocSci Degree in Public Admin. University of Cape Town (UCT)
Public Administration Social Sciences
 
 
 
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