Wolfgang Holzmair will join Grace Bumbry, Sumi Jo, Anu Tali and Chair David Pountney as jury members for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017 competition.

Artistic Director David Jackson says: “I’m delighted that the wonderful Austrian baritone Wolfgang Holzmair is able to join us this year. As a lieder recitalist, concert performer and distinguished operatic singer he brings a wealth of experience to the wonderful jury we have lined up for this year’s competition.”

Wolfgang says: “I feel honoured to take part alongside all the celebrities like Dame Kiri, like Grace Bumbry, Sumi Jo and the others. The last time I was singing in Cardiff was with Richard Hickox and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. I have wonderful memories of singing in Cardiff!”

Wolfgang Holzmair joins the competition’s patron Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and fellow jury members for the eight day competition, which takes place 11-18 June 2017. He replaces Thomas Quasthoff who has had to step down from the jury due to personal reasons.

Other panellists for the Song Prize competition include; Chair David Pountney, Director of Wigmore Hall and Chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society John Gilhooly, winner of the 2003 Song Prize Ailish Tynan and mezzo soprano Grace Bumbry.

Wolfgang Holzmair’s long career includes winning first prize in the Musikverein International Lieder Competition in 1982 and alternating performances in recital and opera with teaching lieder interpretation at the Salzburg Mozarteum and giving master classes around the world. He has an extensive discography of operas, concerts and songs ranging from Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert Brahms and Wolf to contemporary composers. And he is also a visiting professor of the Royal Academy of Music in London and a fellow of the Royal College of Music.

On television, every evening from 7.30pm, the competition takes over BBC Four with five programmes covering the main prize rounds and Song Prize Final, beginning on Tuesday 13 June and culminating with full coverage of the Grand Final on Sunday 18 June. BBC Two Wales has a live highlights programme broadcast immediately after each round concert at 10pm, starting Monday 12 June. For the first time, full coverage of the Grand Final will also be available on BBC Two Wales on Sunday 18 June, followed by a brand new additional highlights show.

On radio, the Song Prize rounds will be broadcast in the BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert on Tuesday 13 – Friday 16 June, with the song prize final live on Radio 3 In Concert on Friday 16 June and the Main Prize Final live on Radio 3 In Concert on Sunday 18 June. BBC Radio Wales comes live from the competition every night from 9pm, Monday 12 June – Friday 16 June. BBC Radio Cymru will feature daily highlights along with full coverage of the Song Prize Final on 16 June and the Main Prize Final on 18 June.

Online, plans include making the song prize recitals, round concerts, both finals and the masterclasses available for global audiences at bbc.co.uk/cardiffsinger.


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