Emerging Artist Profile:
Tshombe Selby



Young Artist Program - Singer Voice Type: Tenor
Province/Territory: USA
City: Manteo, NC

Role(s) in this year's festival:

Romeo: City Workers in Love

1st Priest:  The Arctic Flute

Tenor- Tony: Master Class 


How are you preparing for NUOVA’s program?

  • I am very excited to be apart of the program this year at Opera NUOVA. I am looking forward to being a very busy guy as I am in three productions. Many people know the famous question that musicians and singers love to ask about the famous performance space in New York City Carnegie Hall: "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?" The answer is practice! practice! practice!. So that is exactly what I am doing a whole lot of practicing. Working on ten pages daily, making sure I know them as well as I know the back of my hand. That is my strategy.

What attracts you to NUOVA’s programs? Why this year?

  • My college choir director always gave much wisdom to all of his students in the choir as we prepared our concerts. One the thing that he said that sticks with me is, "When ever you are moving towards a new or different direction be it school, job, community, church etc… always do you research about the place people and the program you are looking to go to". So that is what attracts me to NUOVA the great things that everyone says about the wonderful faculty and staff that creates an environment for people to grow.

Artist Bio     

Tshombe Selby, a native of Manteo, North Carolina was first introduced to music in church where he began singing with the youth choir at the age of 5. His musical talents and need to share it were immediately recognized by his church, school and community. At 15, he became Minister of Music for his church, taught himself to play the gospel keyboard and performed at countless school and community events.

Tshombe received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music Performance from Elizabeth City State University where he excelled as tenor soloist in the University Choir.  His experience with the University Choir was formative. He held the office of choir president for several years. Performance experience included tours of the United States and Africa as well as performances for North Carolina State Senators and the United States Congress.   It was through his choir experience that he discovered his love for opera.

In the spring of 2013 Tshombe was invited to apprentice with Nico Castel and his wife Carol Castel of the New York Opera Studio. After commuting from North Carolina every several weeks for 5 months, he moved to New York in the fall of 2013. He made his solo Carnegie Hall debut in the Stein Auditorium in February of 2015 as tenor soloist in the oratorio The Exodus (composer, E. Robinson) with DCINY. Selby has performed many solo recitals in the past few years, most recently a small tour of recitals in promotion of his first solo CD “Make Them Hear You” a cd of African American spirituals and songs. Tshombe has performed many roles in the New York Metropolitan area: King Kasper (“Amal and the Night Visitors”);  Count Almaviva (“Barber of Seville”) Lensky (“Eugene Onegin")the Duke in “Rigoletto”and Alfred in “Die Fledermaus”. After Mr Selby spends if first season with Opera NUOVA , he will perform the role of Alferdo in Verdi’s La Traviata on the Outer Banks of North Carolina in September. Tshombe studies with Carol Castel and a team of gifted coaches.