Ten or Levy Sekgapane of UCT’s Opera School has won the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2015 finals, held in Amsterdam on 4 July. Among his prizes, Sekgapane has been awarded opera engagements (if roles are available) at the Aalto Theater und Philharmonie Essen, the Festliche Operngala der Deutschen AIDS – S tiftung and the Gran Teatre del Liceu Barcelona. The opera jury donated these.
He also won the Wil Keune Prize, donated by the media jurors. Sekgapane was one of four UCT singers (three alumni and a student from the Opera School at the South African Colle ge of Music), who competed in the finals.
They accounted for more than a quarter of this year’s 15 finalists from countries as diverse as South Korea, Canada, the US, Georgia, Russia, Finland, Slovenia and Norway. The competition has been a springboard fo r world – renowned stars such as UCT alumna Pretty Yende, who won the first prize for opera in 2009. The finals of the next competition will be held in Cape Town in 2016.