Strong competition for vocalists at UNISA

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Twenty-six vocalists from around the world will arrive soon in South Africa to compete in the 6th Unisa International Voice Competition.

Lyrical soprano Erica Eloff, the previous winner of the Unisa National Voice Competition. Credit Sussie Ahlburg.
Lyrical soprano Erica Eloff, the previous winner of the Unisa National Voice Competition. Credit Sussie Ahlburg.

Representing 11 countries in total, they will compete for a share of the prize money of R880 000.

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The competition consists of two categories: Jazz and Classical. Interestingly enough, the Classical Category will feature many South African sopranos who passed the stringent requirements for the competition.

Round 1 will take place on 24 January (Jazz Category) and 25 January (Classical Category).

Round 2 will take place on 27 January (Jazz Category) and 28 January (Classical Category). After Round 2 twelve candidates will be chosen to go through to the third round.

Round 3 will take place on 30 January (Jazz Category) and 31 January (Classical Category).

The schedule for each day is more or less the same. The first candidates will go on at 11am and the competition will continue until around 18:30 each day, with a few intervals. The order in which the competitors will perform will be determined on 23 January by  drawing lots.

Tickets cost R80 per day for adults and R60 for students and pensioners.

Three finalists in each category will perform during the popular final round on 2 February and 3 February.

On 2 February three jazz vocalists will perform with a rhythm section consisting of some of South Africa’s best jazz musicians: Melvin Peters on piano, Marc Duby on bass and Kevin Gibson on drums.

On 3 February three classical singers will perform with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra conducted by the Italian maestro Vito Clemente.

Tickets for the final round are sold at Computicket.

Members of the public who are planning to attend the whole competition will benefit from buying a season ticket. There is a season ticket available for each category and it includes a double ticket for the very popular final round.

For more information, please call the Unisa Music Foundation at 012 429 3311.

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