South African opera singer Levy Sekgapane wins international singing competition in Amsterdam

Noluvuyiso Mpofu, Lukhanyo Moyake, Caroline Modiba and Levy Sekgapane, four South African opera singers, reached the final stage of the 34th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

The competition, known as THE ‘springboard’ for a career in opera drew 1 314 participants from all over the world. The finals took place this past weekend and Levy Sekgapane, a UCT Opera School student, not only won the overall first prize but also walked away with four more special prizes. Levy was a student at Stellenberg High School in Cape Town’s northern suburbs and went onto opera studies at the University of Cape Town Opera school, where he studied under Hanna van Niekerk.

South African opera sensation Pretty Yende won this competition in 2009 and currently has an international career with engagements at the most renowned opera houses in the world.

Opera in South Africa is taking the world by storm; with our natural talent and amazing voices it’s no surprise.

The 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition will be held in Cape Town in July 2016.

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