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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 - Main Prize SEASON TICKET

 Heat 1   Sunday 16 June, 7.00pm (audience seated by 6.55pm) 
 Heat 2  Monday 17 June, 7.00pm (audience seated by 6.55pm)
 Heat 3  Tuesday 18 June, 7.00pm (audience seated by 6.55pm)
 Heat 4  Wednesday 19 June, 7.00pm (audience seated by 6.55pm) 
 Final  Saturday 22 June 7.00pm (audience seated by 6.55pm)

 

PROGRAMME
Artists

 Heat 1   WNO Orchestra, Conductor Ariane Matiakh, Singers tba        
 Heat 2  BBC NOW, Conductor Ewa Strusińska, Singers tba
 Heat 3  WNO Orchestra, Conductor Ariane Matiakh, Singers tba
 Heat 4  BBC NOW, Conductor Ewa Strusińska, Singers tba
 Final  BBC NOW, Conductor Ewa Strusińska and Ariane Matiakh, Singers tba  

 

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a life-changing experience for twenty young singers at the start of their professional careers. Over four hundred gifted singers applied from all over the world, and the final twenty have made it through a rigorous selection process. Now they get to perform in front of our distinguished jury. They will be accompanied by two world-class orchestras – the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ewa Strusińska, and the Welsh National Opera Orchestra conducted by Ariane Matiakh.

The performances are broadcast across the BBC to audiences around the UK and beyond, and the five strongest singers are selected to compete in the exhilarating final at St David’s Hall. The singer named BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is presented with the Cardiff Trophy and £20,000.

MAIN PRIZE SEASON TICKETS

Buying a Season Ticket for all four Main Prize heats and the Final means that you will save money and be assured of your favourite seats for the week.

You can also choose to buy your programme book for the week, full of the all the information you need about the contestants and their music, for only £12.

PLEASE NOTE: The Main Prize runs from Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 June 2019. Audience Members must be seated at least five minutes before the start time due to the live broadcasts.

THE AUDIENCE PRIZE 

The Audience Prize is voted for by our audiences and presented during the Main Prize Final. Winners receive The Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize, £2,500 and a crystal trophy. This year the prize is dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the much missed and beloved baritone who became Cardiff Singer of the World in 1989. 

Single Tickets available Spring 2019

‘The auditions this year have been excellent; we are in for something special in June, and I’m greatly looking forward to the competition.’
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Patron

I am so honoured to have won Cardiff Singer of the World Main Prize and (joint) Song Prize 2017. It is quite literally a dream come true. Winning has accelerated my career and opened doors to some wonderful and exciting opportunities. Thank you BBC Cardiff Singer of the World for this incredible platform.’
Catriona Morison, Scotland
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, and Joint Song Prize Winner, 2017

 
   Location  Total Subscription Price    
 Price Band A Main Prize Subscription   Stalls
 Tiers 1,2,8
 Tiers 11 Rows A-E 
 £220 
(includes 4 Main Prize Heats and Final)
 Price Band B Main Prize Subscription  Tiers 3,7
 Tiers 10 Rows A-E
 Tiers 11 Rows F-K
 Tiers 12 Rows A-E
£165
(includes 4 Main Prize Heats and Final)
 Price Band C Main Prize Subscription  Tiers 9
 Tiers 10 Rows F-H
 Tiers 12 Rows F-H
 Tiers 13 
£95
(includes 4 Main Prize Heats and Final)

Single Tickets available Spring 2019

Plus an optional £1 postage charge for tickets to be posted. 
For Hynt tickets, please contact Box Office on 02920 878444.

 
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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a competition known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the outset of their careers. It has launched the careers of some major stars including Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Jamie Barton.

About the competition
In 1983, BBC Wales created BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (J Mervyn Williams was the man credited with founding the competition) and continues to develop the format of the competition and its broadcast coverage. It takes place every two years and is organized in association with Welsh National Opera and supported by The City of Cardiff Council. The competition’s patron is Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and the artistic director is David Jackson.

The competition is open to singers at the start of their professional careers, aged 18-32. After a three-stage selection process involving DVD and live auditions, 20 singers are invited to compete in Cardiff, to perform opera and concert music with full orchestra in four concerts, in front of a distinguished jury. The winner from each concert plus one wild card (the best of the rest) compete in the final in St David’s Hall, Cardiff.

The singers may also take part in a parallel competition, the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize, in which they perform art songs with piano accompaniment. The preliminary round of four recitals takes place in the Dora Stoutzker Hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, with the five singers selected by the jury going on to perform in the final at St David’s Hall. It is not possible to enter the Song Prize only.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019
Saturday 15 – Saturday 22 June 2019

The prizes
The main prize winner, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, is presented with the Cardiff Trophy and £20,000. BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize: the winner receives the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize Trophy and £10,000. The Audience Prize is voted by our audiences and presented during the grand final. Winners receive The Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize, £2,500 and a crystal trophy. For 2019 the prize is dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the much missed and beloved baritone who became Cardiff Singer of the World in 1989.

The musicians
Performances are accompanied by two world-class orchestras; the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ewa Strusińska; and the WNO Orchestra conducted by Ariane Matiakh. The official accompanists for the Song Prize are Simon Lepper and Llŷr Williams.

JURY
 David Pountney (Chair)
 (c): Nick Treharne
 José Cura
Wasfi Kani  Dame Felicity Lott
(c): Trevor Leighton
Frederica von Stade
(c): Robert Millard