Angelo Gobbato

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GOBBATO, Angelo (1943- ) is an Italian-born South African bass-baritone opera singer and stage director.



He studied the piano and singing privately while reading science at the University of Cape Town.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As actor

He made his debut as Kecal in The Bartered Bride in Cape Town in 1965. He is best known for buffo roles such as Dr Bartolo in The Barber of Seville, Don Pasquale and Figaro.

As director

He was resident producer at the Nico Malan Opera House in Cape Town (1976-81) and head of the opera school of the University of Cape Town (1982-88). In 1989 he was appointed director of opera for the Cape Performing Arts Board. He has directed - mainly from the Italian repertory - for all the arts councils in South Africa.

1973 – Madama Butterfly for NAPAC Opera

1974 – Die Fledermaus for CAPAB Opera


He was awarded the first Nederburg Prize for opera in 1971 for his portrayal of "Papageno".


SA Opera Singers [1]

SA Who's Who [2]

Alexandra Xenia Sabina Mossolow[3]. 2003. The career of South African soprano Nellie du Toit, born 1929. Unpublished Masters thesis. University of Stellenbosch.[4]