The BBC brings all the drama and excitement of this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World through extensive broadcasting on TV, radio and online, including more live TV coverage of the prestigious competition than ever before.
The biennial competition, which has helped launch the careers of such stars as Jamie Barton, Elīna Garanča, Bryn Terfel and Dmitri Hvorostovsky, returns to Cardiff between 15-22 June 2019. Twenty of the world’s most outstanding young singers representing 15 countries compete for the title of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World and a £20,000 cash prize, and audiences can follow every note on BBC iPlayer and watch and listen on BBC TV and radio.
The Main Prize Final on Saturday 22 June - in which the five final contenders are accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by Ewa Strusińska and Ariane Matiakh - is broadcast as live from St David’s Hall, Cardiff, by BBC Four, BBC Radio 3 and live on BBC Radio Cymru. The first Main Prize round on Sunday 16 June is broadcast on BBC Four as live at 9pm.
For the first time, viewers across the country can follow their progress through every round in tandem with audiences in Cardiff, with most of the Main Prize rounds relayed as live on BBC Two Wales (Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 June). Viewers from outside the region can also follow the action on the BBC iPlayer.
Presenters for the TV coverage of the competition include opera star Danielle De Niese (Main Prize final only), broadcasters Petroc Trelawny and Josie D’Arby, and soprano Elin Manahan Thomas.
BBC Radio 3 also broadcasts extensively from the competition, with all Song Prize rounds featuring across the week in its Lunchtime Concert slot, presented from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama by pianist Iain Burnside and soprano Rebecca Evans. The Song Prize final (Thursday 20 June) is broadcast live on Radio 3 from St David’s Hall, with full coverage also on BBC Four at 10pm.
Reflecting the truly international nature of the Competition, music lovers from across the globe can also enjoy the high-level music making and competition drama via the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World website (bbc.co.uk/CardiffSinger), which can be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Patron of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, said: “BBC Cardiff Singer is the foremost competition of its kind and is a key part of the international classical calendar. I’m delighted that this year we can bring the high energy atmosphere of the competition to audiences at home through more live BBC coverage than ever before.”
Jan Younghusband, Head of Commissioning BBC TV commented: “We hope to convey the thrill of the competition to audiences through changing the way we broadcast the competition. It’s such a special moment in the career of these singers and we’re delighted to provide them with this platform to the world and allow audiences outside the concert hall to engage in real time.”
Alan Davey, Controller BBC Radio 3 and classical music, added “Classical music is going through a resurgence at the moment and opera has an important part to play within that. We know our audience love hearing new things and we hope they’ll enjoy being transported by these very special performances from some of the biggest stars of the future.”
Rhodri Talfan Davies, Director BBC Cymru Wales said: “With twenty of the brightest singing talents from all over the world coming to Cardiff in June, this truly extraordinary competition promises to light up the capital city once again in 2019. With world-class artists performing across the week, it’s going to be a wonderful celebration of music and song.”
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is organised by BBC Cymru Wales in association with Welsh National Opera and is supported by Cardiff Council.