BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2011

BBC Four · Highlights · 13 Jun 2011 · by: BBC

Viewers can join Petroc Trelawny, Josie D'Arby, bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu and leading vocal coach Mary King for a night at the opera. Five out of 20 singers go head to head in front of a live audience at St David's Hall, Cardiff, battling for a place in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World 2011. Beginning the week of programmes, singers from New Zealand, Armenia, Russia, Bulgaria and Romania are the first facing the music in Cardiff.

Six hundred opera and concert singers at the start of their careers auditioned for a place in the competition, hoping the prestige and exposure to large audiences, both in Cardiff and across BBC services, will give their careers a unique boost. Dame Kiri Te Kanawa joins the jury for the first time, alongside Marilyn Horne, Hakan Hagegard, Lorenzo Mariani, Dennis O'Neill and Alexander Polianichko. They are chaired by John Fisher.


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