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The winners of the four preceding rounds compete with the judges' wildcard entry for the title of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

At the end of a week in which we have enjoyed some exceptional performances, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 reaches its thrilling finale. The winners of the four rounds are joined by this year’s judges’ wildcard to compete for what many consider the most prestigious prize in opera.

Acclaimed soprano Danielle De Niese joins Petroc Trelawny and Josie d’Arby as special guest presenter to bring full coverage of the final from St David’s Hall, Cardiff. 2017 winner Catriona Morison returns to the Welsh capital as our guest together with acclaimed bass Jonathan Lemalu and vocal coach Mary King, who will both provide their expert insights.

The finalists will perform in front of a packed house that includes the competition’s distinguished judging panel made up of leading names in opera - José Cura, Wasfi Kani, Dame Felicity Lott, Frederica von Stade and chair of the jury, David Pountney.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ariane Matiakh and Ewa Strusinska, provide the accompaniment. At the end of the evening, one artist will be awarded the title of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.

2 hours, 29 minutes


Role Contributor
Presenter Petroc Trelawny
Presenter Josie d'Arby
Guest Danielle de Niese
Producer Anwen Rees
Executive Producer Paul Bullock
Director Rhodri Huw