Doctor Hanli Stapela
Doctor Hanli Stapela heads the Classical Voice programme at the University of Pretoria. She holds a DMus in Vocal Performance, with her dissertation exploring piety and sensuality in Massenet's operas Monon and Thaïs, a Performer's Locentiate in Singing, as well as a BCom Marketing Management degree. She is also an acclaimed South African soprano who, for the past three decades, has been known to audiences through the opera and concert stages, television and radio.
She has performed a long list of operatic roles such as Lucia, Violetta, Gilda, Marguerite, Donna Anna, Pamina, The Countes, Hanna Glawari and many more. During her performance career she has been the recipient of several awards for performance excellence and has collaborated with a number of distinguished singers and conductors on the international stage.
After several years abroad, she returned to South African and has been teaching at TUT, UP, Wits, UKZN and NWU, until she became a full-time staff member at the University of Pretoria in 2012. Her reseach focus is Vocal Methodology. Speech and Singing as well as practice-led research. She inversts much time in the training of and creating performance platforms for young singers, while still performing regularly.
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