Lyric mezzo soprano Megan Kahts is an emerging talent from South Africa who trained and resides in Vienna, Austria. She began her musical education as a child by studying the piano and music theory from the age of eight and currently works as a freelance singer in Europe.
Megan Kahts achieved her masters' degree in Opera and in Lied / Oratorio Singing, both with distinction, from the University for Music and Performing Arts in Vienna, studying voice under Claudia Visca, Lied und Oratorium under KS Robert Holl and Opera under Beverly Blankenship / Peter Marschik. She earned her bachelor’s degree in music Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Throughout her studies, Ms Kahts further honed her craft by participating in masterclasses with great artists and renowned tutors. She sang her first professional roles during her student years in Pretoria and in Vienna.
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 roles of Ossipowna in The Nose by Shostakovich and Timaea, the Queen of Sparta, in Krenek’s opera Pallas Athene weint in the Kammeroper Vienna, the Museumsquartier Vienna, the Palace of the Arts in Budapest and the Teatro Sociale in Trento, Italy. For Teatro Barocco in Austria, Ms Kahts embodied the roles of Susanna in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro and Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte at the Schlosstheater Laxenburg – both to critical acclaim by the Viennese press. For the same company, she has sung the roles of Tisbe in Hasse’s Piramo e Tisbe (in the same theatre where this work was premiered in the 18th century), Costanza in Haydn’s L’isola disabitata and Mozart’s Basitenne in Bastien und Bastienne. Ms Kahts recently transitioned into singing the high mezzo soprano repertoire in accordance with her vocal development.
Megan Kahts is the Third Prize Winner of the International Student LiedDuo Competition in Enschede Holland and the First Prize Winner of the International Hugo Wolf Lied Duo Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has has given Lieder recitals 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 – as well as for several concert series’ around South Africa. 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 success in various South African music competitions, winning the First prize in the Phillip Moore Music Competition; and the Second prize (and Mimi Coertse’s Singer’s Award, as well as five other awards) in the UNISA South African 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 Exultate 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 song. She has performed with various South African orchestras and has been featured on numerous South African television programmes.