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Cape Town Opera shines at Belvedere

Cape Town Opera shines by putting on a terrific show at the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition finals.

Saturday, 2 July, an electric occasion for 60 artistic and casting directors from the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Cape Town Opera shines for local opera lovers for the 35th International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition finals.

The finals were the culmination of a week-long process of ecstasy and anxiety for the 90 competing young singers. South Africa undoubtably continues to hold a strong presence throughout the week long qualifying rounds.

Three of Cape Town Opera’s singers – Lukhanyo Moyake, Noluvuyiso Mpofu and Siphamandla Yakupa reached the finals. Notably, Moyake and Yakupa, made history as the first married couple to compete against each other in the Belvedere finals. 

On the same evening, the enthusiastic audience of 1500 cast their vote for Noluvuyiso Mpofu, winning her the audience prize. Thus affirming the audience’s ability to spot talent, Noluvuyiso, soprano and further awarding a 2nd prize of €3,500.

Most of all, Noluvuyiso continues a long line of South African Belvedere prize winners. Including Levy Sekgapane (1st prize in 2015), Siyabulela Ntlale (2nd prize in 2014) and Pretty Yende (1st prize in 2009). Singers are evaluated for their employability and the Belvedere is a launching pad for a successful international career.

Additionally, Nicholas Brownlee, bass-baritone, and Raehann Bryce-Davis, mezze-soprano from the U.S, received 1st and 3rd prizes respectively. While Mandla Mndbele did not make it through to the finals, he was awarded an engagement to Gauteng Opera. 

“The results affirm, once again, the extraordinary level of talent of South African singers and the superb quality of opera that audiences are privileged to enjoy on Cape Town stages.” – Matthew Wild, Cape Town Opera’s Artistic Director

Finally, Matthew invites Noluvuyiso and Lukhanyo to take leading roles in Verdi’s Rigoletto to honour their achievements. A most relevant performance in programme for Cape Town Opera’s 2017 season. Consequently, Noluvuyiso will debut as Gilda and Lukhanyo as the Duke of Mantua. 

To arrange interviews with Noluvuyiso Mpofu or for further information, contact Dawn Kennedy 021 410 9903 or

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