2017 saw Mr Mndebele (baritone), winning third prize, plus the audience prize at the 36th edition of the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Russia.
Born in Secunda, Mpumalanga Mr Mndebele started singing at the age of 13. He completed his high school training at Thomas Nhlabathi in 2009 and became national champion at the SASCE Competition.
He studied for his Diploma in Opera at Tshwane University of Technology. Before joining Cape Town Opera, Mr Mndebele worked as chorus member with Black Tie Ensemble and Opera Africa.
Mr Mndebele is currently a CTO soloist. His principle roles have included: Crown in Porgy and Bess; Don Giovanni in Don Giovanni; Papageno in Die Zauberflöte; Man with Shoe Samples in Postcard from Morocco; Giorgio Germont in La Traviata; Chief L’Zitho in The Merry Widow of Malagawi and Mandela 3 in Mandela Trilogy.
In August 2016, Mr Mndebele shared a stage with the legendary Kammersänger Johan Botha, for a special gala concert that sadly turned out to be Mr Botha’s final performance.
In 2017 Mr Mndebele won third prize and audience prize at the Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition in Russia