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Bio | Dana de Waal


Since re-locating from South Africa, Dana rapidly established himself as a singer of exceptional musicianship, warmth, style and character. The startling agility of his voice along with musicality and stamina have delighted audiences in countries as far apart as Bophuthatswana, Germany, Botswana, The Czech Republic, South Africa, the United States and the UK, where he has been received with great acclaim.

Much can be said about his professional performing career, but performances close to his heart include a night on a rough stage built under the stars deep in the African bush. The venue was reached after a bumpy ride on a cattle truck. The Audience walked through the bush bringing their own seats, and the ‘theatre’ was created by  a semi circle of bubbling cast iron pots of crocodile and wildebeest, the supper arranged for afterwards. This musical moment can only be matched by an impromptu performance in the Catholic Church in Onzain, France. The church was quiet and mostly empty, but the sound created by Dana’s magical vocality and the acoustics, moved listeners to tears.

Dana excels at Lieder and Oratorio, and highlights of his performing career include participation in the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, a performance of the ‘Messiah’ in Bophutatswana for President Lucas Mangope, Mass in B Minor by Bach, under Simon Preston, Carmen under Garcia Asencio, Acis and Galatea under Grahard Geist and Salome under Franco Ferraris.

After obtaining the B Mus degree [with distinction for both Piano and Singing as Practical Majors], Dana did the Higher Diploma in Education. He then went on to obtain the B Mus Honours [cum laude] and M Mus [cum laude]. Research towards his Master’s degree in the UK was made possible with grants from the Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fund of Anglo American as well as the Haggie Trust Fund. Dana’s vocal mentors were: Prof. George van der Spuy, Ms Sarie Lamprecht [South Africa]; Prof. Erik Werba and Prof. Hanno Blaschke [Germany], John Bacon and Dr. Jane Manning OBE [UK].

Apart from his performances as a singer and ability as pianist, Dana also composes, arranges and teaches music. He has also been involved as a choirmaster and musical director for many years.

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