Cardiff Singer of the World Competition
...is a classical singing competition that takes place on odd-numbered years. 20 representatives from around the world come together for one week in Cardiff, Wales to compete for cash prizes and the title of Cardiff Singer of the World.
THE US WAS IN A COMPETITION AND I DIDN'T HEAR ABOUT IT?!
How are the competitors chosen?
Classical singers who show tremendous promise for an international career are nominated, they then have to audition to represent their country. It's like American Idol, in that singing is the game (that is where the singing comparison ends. Completely different set of pipes required for this competition.) and there are multiple stops before getting to the big stage. It's like the Olympics in that it's international and everyone in the UK and EU love it.
It's on TV, mobile devices, the radio and the internet. It's a big ol' deal.
Who was in this lovely battle for glory? Let's take a look!
There are multiple concerts during the week long competition.
For the first 4 nights, there is a concert with 5 competitors offering 4-5 pieces to sing. From each night, one person wins and advances to the finals. So it's a competition within a competition. INCEPTION. Those winners will go on to compete in the finals over the weekend. It's tournament style, only no flopping allowed in this jam. Sorry, soccer and basketball fans.
We'll have none of this nonsense.
There is a side challenge called the Song Competition.
You are not required to partake in the Song Competition. The Song portion is different from the main competition due to the repertoire that is performed. Songs can be art song, lieder (German) or folk songs that are NOT from an opera. They usually show a more subtle approach to singing and language interpretation. The winner gets €5000 or $6545. Not bad for 20 minutes of singing.
After a series of recitals, these are the 5 finalists for the Song Prize.
Jamie, holding her Song Prize trophy.
The finals concert!
That is A LOT of singing.
Time for some history making...
In the 30 years that competition has been in existence, there is only one competitor who won both the Song Prize and the Final Prize. (There is a 3rd prize called the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize...but voting was only accessible in the UK, so no surprise that Ben Johnson...from England won.) I should say, there WAS only one competitor because now there are two!