South African bass wins prestigious Clonter Opera prize

Simphiwe Simon Shibambu has done us all proud by winning two prizes at the Clonter Opera Competition in England


27-year-old South African bass, Simphiwe Simon Shibambu, who is currently studying at the Royal College of Music in London, won First Prize and the Audience Prize of the Clonter Opera Competition in England. Contestants competed for a prize of £2,000 (R35,000) before a distinguished panel of judges.

Shibambu was one of several contestants nominated by the UK’s leading conservatories to compete at the prestigious competition. While studying a degree in Vocal Art at Tshwane University of Technology, Shibambu performed in opera productions, oratorios, requiems, chorus festivals and solo concerts.

Shibambu won the inaugural Amazwi Omzansi Africa Singing Competition in Durban in 2013. In November 2013, he was awarded a full scholarship from the Royal College of Music in London. A year later, he performed the part of Sarastro in Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Royal College of Music in London.

Watch this space, because big things are expected from this bass.

Photo by Ronel van Zyl