Here Is The Program For the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 Song Prize Final

By David Salazar

The Winner of the Song Prize at the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2019 will be announced on Thursday, June 20, 2019.

The five contestants are tenor Mingjie Lei, soprano Sooyeon Lee, baritone Andrei Kymach, mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon and tenor Roman Arndt.

Lee’s set will include Mahler’s “Ich atmet einen linden Duft” and “Hans und Grete; Schubert’s “Du bist die ruh;” Strauss’ “Du meines Herzens Krönlein;” and “Villanelle by Eva Dell’Acqua.

Lyddon will present Schubert’s “Der Blumenbrief” and “Am Bach im Frühling;” Schumann’s “Waldesgespräch;” Faure’s “Le Papillon et la Fleur,” and Vaughan Williams’ “Silent Noon.”

Arndt’s song selections for the final competition will include “O versenk” by Brahms; “Der Rättenfänger” by Wolf; “No ti scordar” by De Curtis,;” “Don Juan’s Serenade” by Tchaikovsky;” and “Why?” also by Tchaikovsky.

Kymach’s repertory will consist of such songs as “Lubov’ mertvetsa” by Tchaikovsky; “Aus Goethe’s Faust” by Beethoven; “Élégie” by Massenet;” Falvo’s “Dicitencello vuie;” “Otrivok iz A Myusse” by Rachmaninov; and “Medtner’s “Zimniy Vecher.”

Finally, Lei will present Faure’s “Sérénade Toscane;” Rachmaninov’s “O cease thy singing;” Liszt’s “L’vidi in terra angelici costume;” and Lin’s “On the other side of the river.”

Lei, Lee, and Kymach are all competing in the grand finale on Saturday as well and one of these three could potentially make history by winning the two big awards; only Catriona Morrison, Marius Brenciu, and Jamie Barton have managed the feat thus far. No singer has ever won those two big prizes and the Audience Prize.