Pretty Yende of South Africa wowed the audience and the jury and went on to win the first prize in the category Opera and Operetta, the Audience Prize as well as the Prize of International Media, last night, the 5th of July at the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition in Vienna, Austria. This is the first time in the history of the competition that one singer has won all first prizes.
The competition ran from the 29th of July to the 5th of July 2009. MIAGI (Music Is A Great Investment) facilitated the qualifying round in South Africa and then went on fund and organise the trip for the four most successful, Pretty Yende and three other South African young singers, enabling them to travel to Vienna for the competition.
The students; Runette Botha, Pretty Yende, Given Nkosi (all from the South African College of Music, University of Cape Town) and Thabang Senekal (the Black Tie Ensemble, Pretoria) joined 3000 other young singers from all over the world in the competition’s qualifying rounds in nearly 50 cities all over the world. Only 159 of these singers qualified for the final round that took place in Vienna.
The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is one of the most renowned and prestigious singing competitions in the world, offering young talent a host of opportunities to further their careers. The competition’s jury is composed of well respected opera managers, talent agents as well as numerous media representatives from all over the world.
The other three singers also earned lots of well-deserved recognition leading to career furthering opportunities.