Cardiff Singer of the World: 'Wonderful shop window' for budding stars
17 June 2013 Last updated at 08:33 BST
The patron of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition says the event is a "wonderful shop window" for up and coming stars.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will also be judging the main prize this week in the Welsh capital.
It is 30 years since the competition took place for the first time and has launched the careers of dozens of classical singers in the years since.
The final takes place in St David's Hall on Sunday.
BBC Wales' arts correspondent Huw Thomas spoke to Dame Kiri.