The township teens turned opera starlets

Updated 5:49 AM ET, Fri December 20, 2013
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A new documentary follows young opera students from South African townships as they set out to introduce themselves to the world of opera. Rich White
One of the protagonists of "Ndiphilela Ukucula: I Live To Sing" is Linda Nteleza, a powerful soprano who first heard opera while watching a TV commercial. Rich White
Thesele Kemane performs at the U.N. General Assembly in New York on Nelson Mandela Day last year. United Nations Television
Kemane's parents after seeing him perform opera for the first time. Alex Lowther
Nteleza grew up in Khayelitsha, a large and fast-growing township on the outskirts of Cape Town that's struggling with unemployment and health issues. Rich White
American conductor Kamal Khan, director at the University of Cape Town Opera School, coaches Nteleza. Rich White