Mingjie Lei Wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 Song Prize

By David Salazar

Tenor Mingjie Lei has won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 Song Prize.

The tenor, who is also a finalist in the competition’s main prize, was presented with a £10,000 prize and the Patron’s Cup, renamed this year to acknowledge this support.

“I’m thrilled to have won the Song Prize in this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World,” the Chinese tenor stated in a press release. ”It’s a huge honour to join the list of previous winners and I’m grateful for the incredible support of the audience.”

Lei performed 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 studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing before heading to the Manhattan School of Music and Curtis Institute of Music. He has appeared with such organizations as the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Salzburg Festival, Opera Colorado, and Teatro Nuovo, among others.