Crouse for Hans Gabor Belvedere jury

Crouse for Hans Gabor Belvedere jury

12.02.2013  Cape Town Opera’s Artistic Director, Christine Crouse has been invited to join the jury of the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition 2013. Crouse will travel to Amsterdam in July to participate in the adjudicating the final round, joining a jury of artistic and casting directors from the world’s most prestigious opera houses including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Barcelona Liceu, Deutsche Oper Berlin, New York Metropolitan Opera, Washington National Opera, to name a few. 

Michael Williams, MD of Cape Town Opera, remarked, “It is a great honour to be invited as a jury member and we are very proud of Christine.  How wonderful that the contribution she has made to the careers of many young singers who have come through Cape Town Opera has been recognized by such an illustrious organization.”

The 32nd International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition starts with qualifying rounds in more than 50 cities worldwide. The jury members of the final rounds - to be held in Amsterdam for the first time from 29th June to 6th July - are exclusively opera and casting directors of renowned opera houses, who award additional engagements to the participants.

Numerous singers´ agents and representatives of international opera and concert houses have made the International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition into a veritable “Wall Street of Voices”. The prestigious singing competition was won by the South African soprano Pretty Yende in 2009 and in 2012 soprano Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi won the Second Prize.

Christine Crouse will direct Madama Butterfly for Cape Town Opera in September 2013. She has directed opera in all the major theatres in South Africa, as well as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees. She made her international directing debut with her highly acclaimed production of Porgy and Bess in the United Kingdom (2009) and subsequently Israel (2010).

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