UKZN’s Discipline of Italian Studies and Music’s Opera Studio and Choral Academy (OSCA) was a popular attraction at the ninth Festival of Italian opera held recently at the Howard College Theatre.

Operative performances by first-year OSCA students and Italian language students showcased the talent UKZN has to offer.

Nine first-year students performed a selection of arias which had the audience on the edge of their seats.  However, it was Mr Njabula Ntombelo who stole the show with his rendition of Un foco Insolito by Donizetti. As the best performer, he received a bursary of R3000 from the Institute for Italian Culture and BPB Construction who also funded the Italian food and speciality wine for the event. 

The evening was opened by Professor Francesca Balladon of the School of Arts and Mr Costi Buccimazza, the Honorary Italian Consul.  They both expressed their appreciation for this cultural event and acknowledged Italian Lecturer, Ms Federica Bellusci, who was responsible for initiating and organising the festival. 

The Consul said the event was a wonderful celebration of community, culture and nation building and that through Bellusci’s hard work and perseverance the festival had become a fixed event on the cultural calendars of both UKZN and the Institute for Italian Culture.

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