Sipho was born in South Africa and studied music at the University of Cape Town under Sarita Stern. During his undergraduate studies he sang roles including Ferrando COSI FAN TUTTE and Ruggero LA RONDINE. In 2008 he recorded Duke RIGOLETTO with SABC television and also recorded Donizetti’s Una furtiva Lagrima for a Hollywood film The Deal (2008) directed by Steven Schachter.
In September 2008 he moved to England to further his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester under the tutelage of Jeffrey Lawton. Performances there included the title role and Governor in Bernstein’s CANDIDE, Paris in Offenbach’s LA BELLE HELENE, the title role LA CLEMENZA DI TITO, Don Jose CARMEN and Anatol in Barber’s VANESSA. He won two of the RNCM's most prestigious singing competitions: Frederick Cox Award and Elizabeth Harwood Memorial Prize, and participated in a master class with Sir Thomas Allen. He also recently won the Wessex Glyndebourne Association Award 2012. His oratorio repertoire includes Belshazzar’s Feast, Messiah, Ode on St Cecilia's Day (Handel), St Paul, Elijah, Christ on Mount of Olives and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9.
Performances in 2012 included Manager and Secretary in the world premiere of Tarik O’Regan’s HEART OF DARKNESS for Opera East Productions at the Linbury Theatre, Covent Garden and covering Hassan MISS FORTUNE for the Royal Opera, Covent Garden. In the summer he was with Glyndebourne Festival Opera chorus and then with Glyndebourne Opera Tour singing chorus and covering Machado THE YELLOW SOFA.
Engagements in 2013 include covering Fenton Falstaff for Glyndebourne Festival Opera and singing Third Esquire PARSIFAL for Royal Opera, Covent Garden