Wayne Muller

In December 2018, Wayne Muller received his PhD degree in Musicology from Stellenbosch University with a thesis titled, A reception history of opera in Cape Town: Tracing the development of a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic (1985–2015). This study revisited the historiography of opera in South Africa and traced changes in the performance practices and views on the performed works. Themes such as transformation, contemporary relevance and the Africanisation of opera are explored as means of creating a distinctly South African operatic aesthetic. His research interest is in the history and performance of opera in post-apartheid South Africa. He complete a Master’s Degree in Journalism at Stellenbosch University in 2001, after studying BA Sociology and an Honours Degree in Journalism. Since starting his career in community newspapers in 2000, he has been involved in arts journalism. After working in the magazine industry for three years, he joined Die Burger in Cape Town in October 2007 as Assistant Arts Editor and specialist writer on not only classical music and opera, but also dance and theatre. In 2011, he joined Stellenbosch University as a Publications Editor. His interest in music stems from an early start with piano lessons at the age of 7, and becoming a church organist in his teens. While a student in Stellenbosch, he studied organ with Niel Pauw and singing with tenor Petrus van Heerden at the Stellenbosch Conservatoire, and is currently a singing student of Magdalena Oosthuizen. He  has served as a judge of classical music performances for the kykNET Fiesta Prizes, Kanna Awards (KKNK), the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition (media jury), as well as the Fleur du Cape Theatre Awards. From 2009 to 2017, he produced an annual classical music concert for the Suidoosterfees, and has been a member of the festival programme selection committees of the Suidoosterfees, KKNK, Aardklop, and the Vryfees in Bloemfontein. He is co-editor of the oral history book, Eoan – Our Story.