BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a competition known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for aspiring opera and concert singers. It has launched the careers of some major stars, including Karita Mattila, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Jamie Barton.
More than 400 singers from across the globe entered in 2019, with 20 singers from 15 countries selected to compete in the competition. The first four rounds were broadcast across the BBC to audiences around the UK and beyond, with the five strongest singers selected to compete in the Main Prize Final at St David’s Hall, Cardiff.
Accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the five finalists performed in front of an international jury comprising David Pountney, Jose Cura, Wasfi Kani, Frederica von Stade and Dame Felicity Lott. The winner was Andrei Kymach, a 31-year-old baritone from the Ukraine, who received the prestigious Cardiff Trophy and £20,000 in prize money.
HyperActive rented an IPDirector content management suite and one Canon HJ14 lens to BBC Wales to cover the show, which was broadcast on BBC Four on Saturday 22 June.