The Royal Welsh College is once again a venue for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, hosting masterclasses, and for the first time the prestigious Song Prize recitals.
The eight day international competition, held every two years, is now known throughout the world as the premier showcase for classically trained singers at the beginning of their careers.
The public masterclasses, in the College’s Dora Stoutzker Hall and Richard Burton Theatre on Saturday 22 June, give Royal Welsh College students the chance, alongside singers from the competition, to work with members of the prestigious judging panel, such as Cardiff Singer patron Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Neil Shicoff and Elena Obraztsova.
‘It’s a great opportunity for our students to work with the distinguished jury members and to meet so many people from the music industry who travel to Wales for this world renowned event,’ says Hilary Boulding, RWCMD Principal.
“Our singers will learn so much from observing and working with outstanding vocal talent on display in this competition as well as benefitting from the wealth of knowledge, insight and artistry of the jurors in a series of masterclasses. Performance is at the heart of the opera training here at the RWCMD and the opportunity to see the next generation of world –class singers close at hand will be inspirational.”
Head of Opera, Angela Livingstone
The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition runs from Sunday 16 June to Sunday 23 June. The Song Prize recitals, with piano accompaniment, will be held at the College from Sunday 16 June until Tuesday 18 June with the final at St David’s Hall on Friday 21 June.