News from the Members

09.04.2016
Belvedere Singing Competition to be held In South Africa
This prestigious international singing competition will be held in late June/early July in Cape Town. This is the first time it has been held outside Europe.
The Wagner Society of South Africa are delighted to bring to your attention this world-famous competition to be held in their country later this year.

Last year's winners l to r Lise Davidsen - Norway (2nd prize), Levy Sekgapane - South Africa (winner) and Ki Hun Park - South Korea (3rd prize)

Please find below a letter from Cape Town Opera, regarding the competition:

Cape Town Opera, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, the University of Cape Town and Artscape Theatre Centre are proud hosts of the prestigious International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition which was founded in 1982. 

 The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is THE “springboard” for young opera singers into a career in opera.  The 2016 competition will be held in Cape Town, making it the very first time that it will not be held in Europe.  With qualifying rounds in more than 70 cities worldwide, the competition attracts over 1300 entrants. Jury members for the finals are exclusively opera and casting directors of internationally renowned opera houses like the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in London, Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, Metropolitan Opera in New York and Deutsche Oper Berlin.  The competition brings singers, their agents, their families, representatives of international opera houses and international media to the hosting city.

Four South Africans reached the 34th Belvedere Singing Competition final round in July 2015, and Levy Sekgapane went on to win the 1st prize.  Acclaimed South African soprano Pretty Yende won all the categories in the 2009 competition; Siyabulela Ntlale placed 2nd in 2014 and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi took the 2nd prize in 2013.  Competition managers Isabella Gabor and Holger Bleck said, "The exceptional quality of South African singers and their huge success in recent years in several global competitions make a compelling argument to take this progressive step and hold the competition in Cape Town and we are thrilled to have the support of key funders: the Rupert Music Foundation, Ton Vosloo, REMGRO, the Hiemstra Trust and Wendy Ackerman.  Cape Town is a fantastic city, we love the hospitality, the openness of the people and the commitment of our South African partners.””

 The final round of the competition will be held at the Artscape Opera House on 2 July 2016 and tickets for this exciting Belvedere Hans Gabor International Singing Competition are on sale at Computicket.

To find out more - including how to enter for the competition, click here.