Hendrika Krige, also known by her stage names "Enrica Gozzi/Hendrika Porati" was born in South Africa and left for Italy at the tender age of 17 to pursue a career as a professional soprano. She studied with Maestro Franco Ferraris in Milan, Italy.
She made her debut in Verdi's Opera il Travatore (The Troubadour) a famous opera in four acts where she played Leonara, a lady in waiting to the Prince of Aragon. Her performance was acclaimed by the media.
In 1976, she won the prestigious competition As.Li.Co (http://www.aslico.org) while studying at the Teatro Alla Scala (http://www.teatroallascala.org/en/index.html) (or La Scala, as it’s known) in Milan, Italy, which is one of the world's most famous Opera houses. It also hosts a training academy which has produced some of the most famous opera singers in the world.
Enrica won the Verdi competition in Parma Italy and was the youngest finalist ever. She also won the Reggio Amelia competition in Italy, after performing in La Bohéme which is an opera in four acts by Giocomo Puccini.
Enrica has performed in many concerts and operas all over the world but mainly in Italy and Portugal. Whilst under the mentorship of the late Professoressi Virginia Borroni of Milan, Enrica played the lead roles in il Travatore (Leonora), Tosca (Tosca), La Bohéme (Mimi), Madame Butterfly (Cio Cio San ~ Madam Butterfly), Cavaleria Rusticana (Santuzza), Nabucco (Abigail), Un Ballo in Maschera (Amelia) and Attila (Odabella) to name a few.
In 2000, Enrica returned to South Africa where she opened the Singing Studio Bel Canto for aspiring opera singers and voice training in the art of "Bel Canto". Enrica has trained some well-known opera singers and Cantors in South Africa as well as several choristers.