LONDON - Simon Shibambu, A 27-year-old South African opera student at the Royal College of Music in London has won first prize in a prestigious British singing competition.
He outperformed several other opera singers, walking away with the R35,000 cash prize.
Simon Shibambu began singing at an early age, but it was at high school he was introduced to opera.
He finishing his undergraduate degree in Pretoria. He had originally applied to study jazz, but on failing the audition he moving into opera.
He later auditioned at the Royal College of Music in London and was awarded a full scholarship at the world-class institution.
Shibambu says, "Singing opera is not only about your voice it's about many other things..."
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