THE PASSIONATE PERFORMER JOHAN ANKER
Johan Anker has been a passionate performer and actor from a very young age. He received singing and drama lessons from the age of nine and to pursue both singing and acting. Johan was a member of the Drakensberg Boys Choir School, subsequently continuing his schooling in Port Elizabeth. Here he was a star pupil and head boy of his school. He studied classical singing as a school subject until Matric, when he earned one of the highest marks in the Eastern Cape. As a member of his School’s Drama Society, he earned the Best Drama Student award for many years. Johan completed his bachelor’s degree in drama in 2013 and was a Golden Key Society Member as one of the top achievers in the faculty. While completing his drama degree, he obtained a Grade 7 Classical Singing Certificate from Royal Schools, as well as being a part-time student at the Stellenbosch Music Department.
In 2016, Johan was a talent on South Africa’s newest singing reality show, The Voice South Africa. Here he became recognized as the “Opera Dude”, singing classical songs on the show. Some of his performances on the show have been shared on international websites and received rave reviews. He made it to the live rounds of the show. His audition for the show, during which he sang “Hallelujah”, has been viewed more than 350 000 times! The Voice Global also gave Johan recognition as the South African representative of the hottest “hunks” to participate in the show.
Following The Voice South Africa, Johan was contacted by Universal Music South Africa. He was fortunate enough to land himself a recording deal and released his debut Afrikaans album titled “Hoop & Bid”. Many of the songs have been on the Afrikaans charts of various radio stations.
Johan’s album represents Popera genre, which is better known as Classical Crossover. His main goal with this album was to inspire people and bring them hope as the one thing
we need in difficult times.
This uplifting album is now available at all music stores nationwide.
Johan is currently also a drama and English teacher at The National School of the Arts in Johannesburg. Johan strives to live a fulfilled life, using every opportunity to live out his God- given passion and talent for acting and singing. He finds his solid ground in his faith and the assurance of knowing that he works hard and strives to be the best at whatever he