Our singers have had noteworthy successes as of late. Soprano Cecilia Rangwanasha competed at the inaugural Deborah Voigt International Voice Competition in Florida in March (placing as a finalist and winning an appreciation award). Soprano Ernestine Stuurman, a member of the Cape Town Opera Chorus, just finished understudying Maria in the Fugard Theatre’s production of West Side Story, and will join the Suidoosterfees festival as a soloist in the kykNET SOF Hip Pops. CTO Young Artist soprani Brittany Smith and Frances du Plessis will also perform in the Suidoosterfees festival in Die Fledermaus. Finally, our newest member of the Young Artist program, tenor Lunga Hallam, joins CTO this month. Lunga, a UCT College of Music graduate, is conductor for the 70-voice, Khayelitsha-based Phenomenal Opera Voices chorus.