BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition (known as Cardiff Singer of the World from 1983–2001 and BBC Singer of the World in Cardiff in 2003) is a competition for opera and art singers held every two years.
The next competition will be held 14-21 June 2015.
Auditions are held throughout the world in the autumn before the competition, with singers being selected to take part in Cardiff the following June. Each singer represents their own country. In Wales is there a competition to select the national representative. The winner of the Welsh Singers Competition represents Wales in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
The competition is judged by a panel of distinguished singers, musicians and music professionals. In 2003 an audience prize was also introduced for the primary competition; in 2011 it was renamed the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize to mark the passing of the legendary singer who was the competition's first patron.
In 1983, the first year of the competition, eighteen singers participated. The winner was Finnish soprano Karita Mattila.
In 1989, a Lieder Prize was introduced, as art song and opera are both important forms of singing, but very different.
The 1989 competition was particularly noteworthy with Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel winning the Lieder prize and Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky taking the overall title. Both singers have gone on to enjoy extremely successful careers with international acclaim.
In 2001, the Lieder Prize was renamed the Song Prize, to clarify that it applies to art song and folksong rather than German Lieder only. The Song Prize became a separate event in 2003, as the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize until 2009, when its name changed to BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize. It is not compulsory, and the only entry requirement is that the singer is taking part in the primary competition. It is not possible to enter for the Song Prize only.[dead link]
In 2001, Romanian tenor Marius Brenciu became the first singer to win both prizes.
Finnish baritone Tommi Hakala won in 2003, with the Song Prize going to Irish soprano Ailish Tynan. The first Audience Prize, voted for by the audience both in the hall and for the broadcasts, was awarded to Chilean soprano Angela Marambio.
The 2007 competition was won by Chinese singer Shen Yang, subsequently known as Shenyang. The Song Prize was won by English soprano Elizabeth Watts and Jacques Imbrailo, South African baritone, won the Audience Prize.
The 2011 competition followed a revised format and schedule, with 20 singers taking part in four preliminary concerts. The 2011 winner was Moldovan soprano Valentina Naforniţă, who also won the newly renamed Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. The Song Prize was won by Ukrainian baritone Andrei Bondarenko.
The 30th anniversary competition took place 16–23 June 2013. It was won by US mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, who also won the Song Prize. The Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize was won by English tenor Ben Johnson.
Many prominent singers have served in the jury, including Carlo Bergonzi, Geraint Evans, Marilyn Horne, Gundula Janowitz, Sherrill Milnes, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Joan Sutherland, Dame Anne Evans, René Kollo, Galina Vishnevskaya and Dame Gwyneth Jones. There is a separate jury for the Song Prize, with some members serving on both juries.
On the day between the two competition finals, some of the jury members give master classes to some of the non-finalists, which are open to the public.
List of winners
- Jamie Barton, 2013
- Valentina Naforniţă, 2011
- Ekaterina Scherbachenko, 2009
- Shenyang, 2007
- Nicole Cabell, 2005
- Tommi Hakala, 2003
- Marius Brenciu, 2001
- Anja Harteros, 1999
- Guang Yang, 1997
- Katarina Karnéus, 1995
- Inger Dam-Jensen, 1993
- Lisa Gasteen, 1991
- Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 1989
- Valeria Esposito, 1987
- David Malis, 1985
- Karita Mattila, 1983
Song prize (introduced 1989)
- Jamie Barton, 2013
- Andrei Bondarenko, 2011
- Jan Martinik, 2009
- Elizabeth Watts, 2007
- Andrew Kennedy, 2005
- Ailish Tynan, 2003
- Marius Brenciu, 2001
- Dae-San No, 1999
- Christopher Maltman, 1997
- Kirsi Tiihonen, 1995
- Paul Whelan, 1993
- Neal Davies, 1991
- Bryn Terfel, 1989
- Welsh Singers Competition
- Details of the competitors.