Competitors for Cardiff Singer 2011 announced

Thursday 3 March 2011, 15:07

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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 singers

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.

The jury

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.


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    Comment number 1.

    Dear BBC,

    We respectfully ask that an insertion be made to the biography of the Australian entrant in the BBC Cardiff Singer 2011. It is with reference to the Australian Singing Competition, in which Helen was awarded a scholarship to attend The Royal Northern College of Music.

    We would appreciate this insertion.

    Many thanks,

    Ben Oxley
    [Personal details removed by Moderator]
    Sydney Australia
    [Personal details removed by Moderator]

    Helen Sherman (mezzo-soprano)
    Age 29
    BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Concert 3:
    Wednesday 15 June
    Song Prize Recital 3: Monday 13 June
    Helen Sherman graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2010, studying with Peter
    Alexander Wilson, and received the RNCM International Artists Diploma in opera studies.
    Previously she had studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, graduating in 2006. She won
    the International Opera Productions prize and a scholarship to attend RNCM in the 2007 Australian Singing Competition and in 2009 was selected for representation by the Young Concert Artists Trust. At the RNCM Helen sang Varvava Katya Kabanova, The Old Lady Candide, Prince Orlofsky Die Fledermaus, Hélène La belle Hélène, Sesto La clemenza di Tito and Cyrus Belshazzar.

    In Australia, roles included Rosina The Barber of Seville, Lisetta Il mondo della luna and Third Lady The Magic Flute. Over the last year, Helen has given debut concerts at the Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, Bridgewater Hall and the Royal Albert Hall and appeared with Roger Vignoles in Cambridge. In April she broadcast a recital for ABC Classic FM in Australia. Last summer Helen performed Suzuki Madama Butterfly and covered Clairon Capriccio for Grange Park Opera.

    Future engagements include concerts at the City of London Festival and a performance of
    Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder with the Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. Helen enjoys baking, gardening and watching Kath and Kim.


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