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BRONWEN’S THROUGH! (article first published : 2006-01-30)

South African singers are performing exceptionally well at the Vodacom-sponsored 5th Unisa International Voice Competition, with four out of five of the South African delegation going through to the semi-final round.

They are Bronwen Forbay, Erica Eloff, Jacques le Roux and Amanda Echalaz. Ten other singers, from seven other countries, have also gone through to the semi-final.

Mthobi Tyamzashe, Executive Director – Corporate Affairs, Vodacom SA, says: “South Africa’s young singers are showing that they can compete with the best in the world. We wish them and the other contestants the best of luck as they move through the next phase of this demanding competition.”

The semi-finalists, listed in the order in which they will sing, are: Evgenia Grekova (Russia); Bronwen Forbay (South Africa); Ji-Hyun Park (Republic of Korea); Constantin Cocriº (Romania); Whai-Ran Seo (Republic of Korea); Erica Eloff (South Africa); Seil Pietro Kim (Republic of Korea); Martha Guth (Canada); Jacques le Roux (South Africa); Karen Wierzba (Canada); Kinga Dobay (Germany); Anna Kasyan (Georgia); Amanda Echalaz (South Africa), and Arsen Soghomonyan (Armenia).

The Competition is currently underway in Pretoria. Two first prizes of R150,000 will be awarded in two categories – opera and concert. Second prize is R120,000, with a third prize of R90,000, fourth prize of R70,000 and fifth prize of R50,000.

A star-studded nine-member jury, including three of the world’s leading black sopranos – Sibongile Khumalo, Grace Bumbry and Barbara Hill Moore – have the daunting task of selecting six finalists to compete for the top accolades at the final rounds, which will be held on February 3 and February 4.

The competition is being held at the ZK Matthews Hall on the main Unisa campus in Pretoria. Tickets for the third round are on sale at the door, while tickets for the Finals available at Computicket.

More information from the UNISA Music Foundation on 012 429-3344/3336, or e-mail musicomp@unisa.ac.za




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