PE soprano hitting the high notes

2015-06-10 06:00

PORT Elizabeth soprano Noluvuyiso Mpofu, now a member of the Cape Town Opera studio, has been chosen to take part with baritone Bongani Justice Kubheka, of the University of Cape Town’s Opera School, in the international Operalia competition in London’s Covent Garden in July.

“It is exciting to have been chosen to take part in this competition,” said Mpofu.

“It is really a wonderful opportunity and a big challenge for a young artist like me, because I will be competing against a great variety of performers from all over the world.

“It means I will have to work still harder to make my mark. It also means I am on the right track and I hope that what I have to offer them will be appreciated there.”

Cape Town Opera announced the news on its Facebook page.

Mpofu has also been selected to take part in another prestige event, the Hans Gabor Belvedere singing competition in Cape Town next year.

She and Kubheka appeared on stage together recently in a production of Verdi’s opera, La Traviata, at the Artscape opera house in Cape Town. She played the role of Valery and Kubheka that of Doctor Grenvil.

South African soprano Pretty Yende attracted much international attention when she won the Operalia competition. Former winners also include Joyce DiDonato, Rolando Villazon and Erwin Schrott.

Apart from Mpofu, the following South African singers, who were trained in Cape Town, have been included in the upcoming Belvedere competition - the tenors Lukhanyo Moyake and Khanyiso Gwenxane, and the soprano, Caroline Modiba.

The competition’s qualifying rounds take place in 63 cities around the world and the final will take place in Amsterdam. Yende was also a winner in this competition

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