A Christmas special you can’t see on TV – Brand-new gospel and classical concert made just for NACC with rising opera star Kofi Hayford and pianist Daniel Beliavsky
Described as possessing an “impressive” (Brooklyn Discovery) “sonorous,” (Meet Me at the Opera) and “stentorian bass voice” (National Herald), Kofi Hayford, is swiftly building his reputation as an accomplished young bass.
Born to a Ghanaian-American family in New York, Kofi developed a love for classical singing in high school. He brings an exciting and stunning sound to stages and ensembles worldwide, among them the United Nations Symphony Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Loft Opera, Apotheosis Opera, Chelsea Opera, Central Florida Lyric Opera, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Regina Opera, dell’Arte Opera Ensemble, Manhattan Opera Studio, and Amore Opera.
Kofi’s major opera roles include La Roche in Strauss’ Capriccio, Raimondo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Mephistopheles in Faust, Rodolfo in La Sonnambula, Bartolo in Le Nozze di Figaro, Sparafucile and Monterone in Rigoletto, Commendatore in Don Giovanni, and Baldassare in La Favorita. Kofi sang the inaugural performance of the Greek Opera Olympic Flame singing the role of the titan Prometheus at Lincoln Center – later receiving an award from UNESCO for this performance.