Competitors for Cardiff Singer 2011 announced
Today sees the long-awaited details of which of the 600 singers who auditioned in 45 cities in 36 countries across five continents will be coming to Cardiff in June for the 2011 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
The Cardiff 20 come from Armenia, Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Moldova, New Zealand, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, Uruguay, USA and Wales. Find out their names and read about them.
Also revealed are all the members of the jury. Appearing for the first time is new patron Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, plus conductor Alexander Polianichko, director Lorenzo Mariani and pianist Bengt Forsberg. Cardiff welcomes back baritone Håkan Hagegård, tenor Dennis O'Neill, Adam Gatehouse from BBC Radio 3 and mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, who makes her fifth visit to Cardiff Singer.
Once again, both BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and the Song Prize juries will be chaired by John Fisher, who commented on his jury mates:
"I'm delighted that we have such a distinguished and expert jury for the 2011 competition. They are esteemed around the world, but also hugely dedicated to the nurturing of young talent - one couldn't ask for a more perfect team."
The Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize
The death last year of the competition's first patron, Dame Joan Sutherland, is commemorated by the renaming of the Audience Prize in her honour. Now known as the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize, the winner will also win a trophy as well as £2,000.
Bryn Terfel, who was finalist and Song Prize winner in 1989, said of her: "She was a favourite with Cardiff Singer audiences, mainly because of her down-to-earth attitude. With her death came a great loss to the operatic world and to young singers coming through BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, but hers was a talent that will always be cherished." Read the full details of all the prizes.
Who sings when
Find out which singers are performing in each of the four concerts and four recitals.
Some season tickets are still available and individual concerts and recitals have also gone on sale. Full details can be found on the venues and tickets page.