Lyric mezzo-soprano Megan Kahts is an emerging talent from South Africa who trained and now resides in Vienna. She began her musical education as a child by studying the piano and music theory from the age of eight.
Megan Kahts finished her Masters' Degree in Opera in January 2017 and in Lied and Oratorium Singing in 2015, both with distinction from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, where she studied Voice under Claudia Visca, specialised in Lied und Oratorium under KS Robert Holl and specialised in Opera under Beverly Blankenship and Peter Marschik. She achieved her Bachelor Degree in Music Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Throughout her studies, Ms Kahts enriched her training by participating in several master classes. At the Schubert Institute in Baden bei Wien, from which she was awarded a full study scholarship, Ms Kahts was taught by specialists including Elly Ameling, Barbara Bonney, Helmut Deutsch, Julius Drake and Wolfram Rieger.
During her studies, Megan Kahts (as a soprano) performed the operatic roles of Serpina, Susanna, Norina, Gretel and Frasquita in Vienna, Germany and South Africa and toured Austria in Kinderoper productions for Junge Oper Austria. For the past two seasons, Ms Kahts has focused her attention on Early and Contemporary Music. For the Neue Oper Wien in Vienna, she sang the role of Ossipowna in The Nose by Shostakovich in the Kammeroper Vienna, the Palace of the Arts in Budapest and the Teatro Sociale in Trento, Italy. In the following season, she returned to the Neue Oper Wien as the Queen of Sparta Timaea, in Krenek’s opera "Pallas Athene weint". For Teatro Barocco in Austria, Ms Kahts sang Susanna in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro and Despina in Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Schlosstheater Laxenburg – celebrated by the Viennese press for both roles. In the baroque library of Stift Altenburg, she sang the role of Tisbe in Hasse’s rediscovered opera Piramo e Tisbe for the same company. This season, for Teatro Barocco in Baden bei Wien, Ms Kahts presented herself as a mezzo-soprano for the first time, singing the role of Costanza in Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata.
Ms Kahts premiered the work “Three Sonnets” by Peter Klatzow, written for her bebut recital for the Songmaker’s Guild in Cape Town. She is the 3rd prize winner of the International Student LiedDuo Competition in Enschede, Holland, and the 1st prize winner of the International Hugo Wolf Lied Duo Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. Ms Kahts has given Lieder recitals for the UNISA concert series in Pretoria, for the Imperial Talents series in the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, at the Haydnhaus and Schuberthaus in Vienna, in Schloss Niederfellabrunn and for the Junge Schubertiade Wien. Her dedicated work on Lieder, particularly with pianist and coach Stephan Matthias Lademann, lies at the heart of her musicianship.
During her studies in South Africa, Megan Kahts achieved great success in various South African music competitions: She won the 1st prize in the Phillip Moore Music Competition; and the 2nd prize (and Mimi Coertse’s Singer’s Award, as well as five other awards) in the UNISA South African Bursary Competition. At 19, she was a finalist in the Mimi Coertse Bursary Competition.
As a child, Ms Kahts made her concert debut as a singer at the age of 11, when she was contracted to perform in concert with the Kwa-Zulu Natal Philharmonic orchestra in Durban, South Africa, singing the “Alleluia” from Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate. She accepted a recording contract at the same age and released two CDs as a teenage soprano, singing repertoire from musicals, operas, oratorios and South African songs. She has performed with various South African orchestras and has been featured on numerous South African television programs.