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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 - Song Prize Final

The Song Prize puts our singers well and truly under the spotlight. Performing some of the most beautiful Lieder and art songs in the repertoire, the singers are accompanied by internationally renowned pianists including Llŷr Williams and Simon Lepper.

The five strongest singers are selected to compete in the exhilarating final at St David’s Hall.  The winner is presented with The Patron's Cup and £10,000.

Pre-Concert Talk with Iain Burnside

Over the course of the competition week ticket-holders can join our popular free talks to hear insights into the music being performed. Taking place at the venue 45 minutes prior to each round and final.

Please note, Song Prize Season Tickets are unavailable as the Heats are currently sold out.  Please try the Box Office on 02920 878444 nearer the time for returns or releases. 

‘The competition was definitely one of the most magical moments of my life. It left a huge imprint on my life and my singing career!’

Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, Mongolia
Joint BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize Winner 2017

 John Gilhooly 
 (c): Keith Saunders
 Robert Holl 
(c): Benjamin Ealovega
 Dame Felicity Lott
(c): Trevor Leighton
 Malcolm Martineau
(c): KK Dundas
Frederica von Stade
(c): Robert Millard

 Song Prize Final Full Price (Single Tickets available Spring 2019)  £22
 Song Prize Final Wheelchair bookers (Single Tickets available Spring 2019) Please contact Box Office on 02920 878444.  £10 

Plus an optional £1.50 postage fee.
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.