Phenye Modiane was born in Ga-Rankuwa. He started singing in church. His singing talent was discovered by a school teacher (Mrs. J C Motshwane) at Modiri High School and in 2002, he represented the North West province in the Tirisano School Choral Eisteddfod (SASCE as it is now called).
He completed his Btech Degree in Vocal Art at the Tshwane University of Technology(TUT) in 2006. While at TUT, he sang the production of Un giorno di Regno (as Conte Ivrea) and Gianni Schicchi (as Gherrardo).
In 2011, he sang the role of El Ramendado in Carmen and Ugqayinyanga 1(Guard 1) in the premiere of Ziyankomo in 2012, both produced by Opera Africa.
He also sang the role of Ferrando in Cosi fan Tutte in 2014, Alfredo in La Traviata in 2015, and Dia!kwain in Words of a broken string, and Imbongi in Hani as part of Cula Mzansi production, produced by Gauteng Opera. He performed Cula Mzansi again in 2016 at the State Theatre. He also performed the First Priest in Die Zauberflöte at the Joburg Theatre in 2016. In 2017, he performed Beppe in Rita as part of Opera scenes produced by Gauteng Opera. In July and August 2017, he performed the role of Rodolfo in La Boheme, at the Joburg Theatre and Durban Play House, respectively, produced by Gauteng Opera.
Phenye was the Artistic Director of Gauteng Opera from September 2017 – January 2019 when the company closed. As a director, he directed Opera Scenes from Cosi fan Tutte, La Sonnambula, Don Pasquale, Act 4 of Le Nozze di Figaro, Ziyankomo, I Pagliacci, La Cenerentola, I Capuletti e I Montecchi, Die Zauberflöte and Act 2 of Martha.
In May 2019, he performed at Malmö Opera Theatre in Sweden as part of the Star For Life fundraising Concert.
He continues to perform, produce concerts/productions and also teach, coach, and manage artists.
Phenye is the Founder and Managing Director of Johannesburg Opera NPC which was introduced to the public on 01 December 2019 through a Christmas Concert.