Talented students secure Olitalia-Rialto Foods Bursary

2 Sep 2014 - 12:00

Pictured above L-R: Antonia Paradossi, Fabio Alfarano, Makudupanyane Senaoana, Fabrizio Rosso and Luciano Previtera. Photos appear courtesy of the Weekend Argus. Photographer, Leon Lestrade

More than 100 guests attended a cocktail function at the Baxter Theatre’s Long Bar on 26 August 2014 for the opening night of UCT Opera School and Cape Town Opera’s collaboration of Il viaggio a Reims. The event provided an opportunity to profile Makudupanyane Senaoana and Thesele Kemane, winners of the Olitalia & Rialto Foods Opera Bursary. The award is worth R50 000.

Claudia Moni Mirotto, Prof Kamal Khan, Emer. Prof Angelo Gobbato and Patrizia Gregory. Photo by Leon Lestrade

The evening was arranged and hosted by Olitalia & Rialto Foods who enjoy a relationship with the South African College of Music through supporting the UCT Opera School in particular. The generous bursary covers a full year’s sponsorship of an undergraduate or postgraduate opera student enabling them to pursue music studies at the University of Cape Town. The 2012 winner of the bursary was Thesele Kemane who completed his Postgraduate Diploma in Music Performance (PGDip) in 2013. Makudupanyane Senaoana is currently completing the same qualification. He was awarded his Performers Diploma in Opera with distinction in 2013 and was also a recipient of the Dean’s Merit List and Faculty Scholarship.

In addition to profiling both the 2012 and 2013 Olitalia-Rialto Foods Opera Bursary winners, the purpose of the cocktail event was to  showcase footage from I Live to sing / Ndiphilela Ukucula produced by American Filmmaker Julie Cohen. Both Senaoana and Thesele were featured in the documentary which is about the power of art to change lives. The film won an Emmy in 2014. One of the fun aspects of the Il viaggio a Reims event was that two lucky audience members, who had cardboard Olitalia-Rialto bottles placed under their seats, won fabulous hampers of Olitalia-Rialto products.

The Bursary has recently been increased to R75 000 for the next award cycle.