Five through to final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013

Date: 21.06.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.12
Category: BBC Four; Radio 3; Wales
Last night (Thursday 20 June) five young opera singers were chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013.

The five who will perform in front of the distinguished jury and enthusiastic audience at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Sunday 23 June are Jamie Barton from USA, Marko Mimica from Croatia, from Olena Tokar from Ukraine, Daniela Mack from Argentina and Teresa Romano from Italy. The winner of the main prize will receive £15,000 and the Cardiff Trophy.

The singers will perform their choice of repertoire and will be accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Jun Mӓrkl and Graeme Jenkins.

From just over 400 who auditioned, the 20 competitors who came to Cardiff to perform have now been whittled down to five.

This year they are judged by the competition’s Patron and jury member Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Dame Felicity Palmer, Neil Shicoff, Bernd Weikl, Maren Hofmeister, Per Boye Hansen and chairman, Nicholas Payne.

BBC Four’s coverage of the final is presented from St David’s Hall, Cardiff by Petroc Trelawny, with sensational young soprano Danielle de Niese profiling the singers and talking to them as they come off stage, and Josie D’Arby gauging the opinions in the audience.

Petroc is joined by one of the world’s most thrilling lyric dramatic sopranos Karita Mattila who won the first competition back in 1983, and Joseph Calleja, the celebrated Maltese tenor. Expert comment and analysis is provided by singer and vocal coach Mary King.

Donald Macleod and Ian Burnside will be back in their ringside seats for Radio 3 with special guest Amanda Roocroft, eager to find out which one of the talented young singers will be taking the glittering title.

On BBC Radio Cymru, Siân Pari Huws, Alwyn Humphreys and Beti George present The Final live at 7pm, while full coverage will also be on BBC Radio Wales.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is organised by BBC Cymru Wales in association with Welsh National Opera and supported by the City and Council of Cardiff.

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013:

The Final - Sunday, June 23, BBC Four, 7.30pm
Sunday, June 23, BBC Radio Wales,7.30pm
Sunday, June 23, BBC Radio Cymru, 7pm
Sunday, June 23, BBC Radio 3, 7.30pm