Here Is The Schedule For the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2019

By David Salazar

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition kicks off on Saturday, June 15, 2019.

The big opera competition, which takes place every two years, will initiate with a conversation between Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and Frederica Von Stade at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Dance. The program starts at 11 a.m. local time.

Song Prize Competition Schedule

A few hours later, the competition’s first round will kick off with the Song Prize. The contestants in that round of performances will include mezzo Katie Bray, bass Patrick Guetti, mezzo Guadalupe Barrientos, soprano Camila Titinger, and baritone Leonardo Lee. That event starts at 2:30 p.m. local time.

The second round of the song prize continues later that evening at 7:30 p.m. with performances by baritone Jorge Espino, mezzo Yulia Mennibaeva, tenor Luis Gomes, mezzo Angharad Lyddon, and tenor Owen Metsileng.

The third round of the song prize continues on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. The performers on that day include baritone Andrii Kymach, mezzo Lena Belkina, soprano Sooyeon Lee, soprano Adriana Gonzalez, and tenor Roman Arndt.

The fourth round of the song prize is set for Monday, June 17, 2019, also at 2: 30 p.m. local time. Tenor Mingjie Lei, soprano Lauren Fagan, baritone Julien Van Mellaerts, mezzo Karina Kherunts, and bass-baritone Richard Ollarsaba will compete.

The Song Prize Final is set for Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. local time.

Main Prize Schedule

The main competition kicks off on Sunday, June 16, 2019 at 7 p.m. local time at St. David’s Hall. The performers, all competing in the Song Prize and main competition, will be Van Mellaerts, Kherunts, Lei, Fagan, and Ollarsaba.

The next day, audiences will check out the second round at the same time and venue. This tim,e the performers will be Titinger, Lee, Lyddon, Guetti, and Belkina.

The third day of the main event will feature Barrientos, Metsileng, Bray, Kymach, and Mennibaeva. That will take place on Tuesday at St. David’s Hall at 7 p.m. local time.

The fourth day of the main prize is set for Wednesday and will showcase the talents of Gomes, Sooyeo Lee, Ardnt, Gonzalez, and Espino.

The grand finale for the Main Prize is set for Saturday, June 22 at 7 p.m. local time.

There will be a series of masterclasses throughout the competition with such opera legends as Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica Von Stade, José Cura, David Pountney, Robert Holl, and Malcolm Martineau.

OperaWire will offer updates on the competition as it unfolds over the next week.