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UNISA VOICE COMPETITION (article first published : 2005-11-4)

Some 35 singers from 16 countries have been accepted to compete in the Fifth Unisa International Voice Competition, to be held from January 23 to February 4, 2006.

Sponsored by Vodacom, the competition carries a purse of R700,000 as well as a countrywide follow-up tour for the winner.

South Korea, with seven singers, will field the largest contingent. South Africa will put forward five singers, including the winners of last year’s Southern African Voice Competition, Erica Eloff and Bronwen Forbay.

Canada and the United States of America will each field four singers, while there will be two singers each from Armenia, Germany and Romania and one each from Argentina, Bulgaria, Georgia, Japan, Kirgistan, Peoples Republic of China, Russia, The Netherlands, and Turkmenistan.

“With such an array of singers from around the world, we can expect a competition of the usual high standards that we have come to associate with the Unisa Music Competitions,” says Mthobi Tyamzashe, Executive Director – Corporate Affairs, Vodacom SA:

Sopranos will be the voice group most widely represented, with 19 participating. Seven of the singers are mezzo-sopranos, three are tenors, and the remaining six are bass/baritones. Competitors will sing some of the most taxing opera arias and Lieder in the repertoire, as well as popular operetta arias.

As was the case last year, the competition is divided into opera and concert categories. The competition begins on January 23 and the finals will be held on February 3 and 4.

More information from the Unisa Music Foundation, PO Box 392, UNISA 0003 or phone 012 429 3344/3336 or e-mail: musicomp@unisa.ac.za




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