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Cape Town Hosts International Singing Competition

More than 100 international singers from the USA, Europe, Russia, Asia, the UK and SA make it to the preliminary rounds.

“On behalf of the City, I welcome the singers, judges, organisers, media and public to Cape Town on this first occasion that the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition comes to Africa. Cape Town is the Events Capital of Africa, where top-level cultural, sport and convention events are held. It is thus wonderful for our city to now also host this prestigious singing competition in which a number of South African participants have excelled in recent years. We wish all involved a most enjoyable and successful time,” said the City of Cape Town’s Executive Mayor, Ian Neilson.

The Inauguration and welcome ceremony of this prestigious competition takes place on Saturday 25 June; the preliminary rounds on 27 and 28 June and the semi-finals on the 29 and 30 June at the Baxter Theatre centre, Rondebosch, Cape Town, South Africa. The finalists will be announced on June 30. They will compete for prestigious prizes in the gala at Artscape Opera House on July 2, accompanied by the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Kamal Khan; the gala will be directed by Cape Town Opera’s Christine Crouse. Those unfortunate not to get tickets for this illustrious competition can stream live on

Kamal Khan says the fact that the Belvedere finals are being held outside Europe for the first time “shows that we are a country to be reckoned with”. Several South African singers from Pretty Yende to Levy Sekgapane, Siyabulela Ntlale and Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi have achieved international fame, as have other winners such as Angela Gheorgiu.

Entry to the South African qualifying round which begins at 10:00 on June 24, at Artscape in rehearsal room 553 is free; tickets for the first rounds on 27 and 28 June and to the semi-finals on 29 and 30 June at the Baxter Concert Hall are R100 per day. There is also a package of 4 tickets for 27, 28, 29 and 30 June for R200. UCT students are welcome free of charge to the Baxter rounds on presentation of student cards.

More information:

Click HERE to buy tickets to the first rounds and semi-finals.

Click HERE to buy tickets to the Special Package of 4 tickets to the first rounds and semi-finals.

Click HERE to buy tickets to the final competition.

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