xiquitsi_raimondoRaimondo van Staden is a Bass-Baritone and Stage director born in
Johannesburg, South Africa. He obtained both a Performer’s Diploma in Opera
and a Post-graduate Diploma in Music (Performance) from the University of
Cape Town. In 2016, he will start his studies towards a Master’s degree in Music
at the University of Stellenbosch.
During his operatic studies, he was awarded various prizes including the Myra
Chapman Undergraduate scholarship, as well as the Ralph Nussbaum Music
award. He was a finalist in the 2014 Schock Foudation prize for Singing, and
also a semi-finalist in the International Singing competition of Clermont-Ferrand
in France in February 2015.
Operatic roles include Masetto and Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Fiorello
in Rossini’s Il Barbiere di Siviglia, Antonio in Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims, Man
with Shoe sample kit/ Puppet #2 in Argento’s Postcard from Morocco,
2nd Commissioner/ 1st Officer/ Jailor in Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites,
Dancaire in Bizet’s Carmen, Barone Douphol in Verdi’s La Traviata, Bram Fischer
and Major Coetzee in Burger’s Ubuntu – The Opera and Count Almaviva in
Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro.
Raimondo made his international debut in London, UK in 2015 as both singer
and staging director when he acted as staging director and sang the role of
Leporello in Mozart’s Don Giovanni.