BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 Announces Finalists For Song Prize

By David Salazar

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World has announced the five finalists for the song prize competition.

They include tenor Mingjie Lei, Sooyeon Lee, baritone Andrei Kymach, mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon and tenor Roman Arndt.

The four will compete in Thursday’s final song prize round.

Ukrainian baritone Kymach performed songs by Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Kos-Anatolsky, and Rachmaninoff. Kymach is set to appear with the Chelsea Opera Group in London in coming months.

Lyddon took on music by Hah, Quilter, Brahms, Rachmaninoff, and Wof, while Arndt sang music by Rachmaninoff, Schumann, Schubert, and Bixio. Lyddon, who is from Wales, is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music. Ardnt, who was born in Russia, is a graduate of the Omsk Shebalin Musical College and the St. Petersburg State Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatoire.

Lei, a Chinese tenor who studied at the Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music, performed music by Lin, Schubert, Liszt, and Kohn, and Lee, who hails from South Korea and graduated from Vienna University and Seoul National University, interpreted music by Schubert, Schumann, Wolf, Strauss, and Dunam Cho.