Moagi 3rd in Hans Gabor competition

Moagi 3rd in Hans Gabor competition

08.07.2013 Tenor Rheinaldt Tsepo Moagi was awarded the 3rd prize in the prestigeous International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing in Amsterdam on Saturday 6 July. He receives € 2,500 for this achievement. Moagi also won the Audience Prize and Media Prize.

The 1st Prize was awarded to Dong-Hwan Lee (Baritone/South Korea)  and the 2nd Prize to Eve-Maud Hubeux (Mezzo-Soprano/Switzerland) and Roman Burdenko (Baritone/Russia). The 2013 preliminary rounds for this international singing competition were held in more than 50 cities world-wide. This year was the first time in its 32 years that the competition was not presented in Vienna.

Moagi from Vryburg, enrolled at the Opera School of the Tshwane Technikon in 2001 and joined The Black Tie Ensemble in 2003. Here he appeared as Rinuccio in Gianni Schicchi and Normanno in Lucia di Lammermoor, a role he would later perform for Cape Town Opera. In 2006 he sang in Pro Musica’s production of Mozart’s Zauberflöte, Opera Africa’s I Capuleti e Montecchi as well as in Mozart’s Requiem and Händel’s Messiah.  In 2009 he joined the Cape Town Opera Studio and has since then appeared as Remendado in Carmen, Praise-singer in Mandela Trilogy, Gastone in La Traviata and Rodolfo in the UCT production of La Bohème. He also appeared as the Chief in CTO’s production of Lost in the Stars and The Tales of Hoffmann.

The International Hans Gabor Belvedere Singing Competition is THE “springboard” for a career in opera: Past participants and prizewinners include Angelika Kirchschlager, Angela Gheorghiu, Ildikó Raimondi, Elisabeth Matos and Elina Garanča. South African soprano Pretty Yende won the competition in 2009 and went on the join the studio programme at La Scala in Milan. In 2013 she made her debut at The Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Photo: © Paul van Wijngaarden
From left to right: Rheinaldt MOAGI (3rd prize), Eve-Maud HUBEAUX (2nd prize), Dong-Hwan LEE (1st prize), Roman BURDENKO (2nd prize).

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