Co-Founder and General Director of Opera for Peace, Julia Lagahuzère recently judged the “Voices of South Africa International Singing Competition 2020” alongside Kamal Khan, Artistic & Musical Advisor.
South African musical talent is indeed unique, and Opera for Peace is delighted to support these exceptional artists with our Opera for Peace prize. The pandemic has made this year particularly difficult so we ensured that all winners went home with money, and we pledge to increase our financial support in the following years, as well as a contract to perform at the Lerici Music Festival Italy 2021.
Special congratulations goes to first prize winner and Opera for Peace prize winner: Kamohelo Tsotetsi, Baritone, born in Kroonstad, Free State Province. He studied with Professor Cupido Conroy at the North Western University. He was introduced to opera in the Tirisano, South African schools singing competition. We will also offer him tailored mentorship within our network of Ambassadors and Advisors to help him develop personally, artistically and professionally.
Other notable main category winners: Lebogang Polori, Mezzo-Soprano; Khayakazi Madlala, Soprano; Aubrey Mlindi Pato, Tenor; Yolisa Ngwexana, Soprano; Thando Mjandana, Tenor; Katleho Mokhoabane, Tenor; Makudu Senaoana, Tenor; Charity Leburu, Soprano; Luvo Maranti, Tenor.
Under 22 years old category: Sazi Gcaba, Baritone; Nosipho Majola, soprano; Themba Mdlalose, Baritone.
Congratulations to Njabulo Thabiso Madlala for his unique work in making this happen on the highest level!