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Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to be Cardiff Singer of the World Patron

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to be Cardiff Singer of the World Patron

Kiri Te Kanawa

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa will take time out of her international concert schedule to join BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition as Patron and jury member, Sunday 12 - Sunday 19 June, 2011.


The internationally renowned soprano, whose operatic career has spanned four decades, has heralded the competition as an essential opportunity for emerging singers at a crucial point of career development:


“It is a thrill and honour to be asked to be Patron and jury member for this year’s BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition, said Dame Kiri.

“The event is of great significance to the Opera world, giving young talented singers the opportunity to perform in the beautiful St David’s Hall in Cardiff, where they will be heard on BBC radio as well as viewed by millions on television.


“From my own early experiences of studying at the London Opera Centre in what is now the National Opera studio, I understand how essential it is to be given such a unique opportunity as this at the outset of one’s career. There can be no doubt that the 20 singers will have a unique opportunity to be assessed by professionals from the world of music during the week, with each event presenting high standards of singing.


“It is an occasion which will reveal the finest quality of singers and I am very pleased to be a part of this extraordinary competition.”


As such a strong supporter and mentor to the new generation of singers, as founder of the Kiri te Kanawa Foundation, the founding artistic director of the Solti te Kanawa Accademia di Bel Canto, she will now be passing on her invaluable experiences for the first time as jury member and Patron of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.


The biennial competition which will be shown on television, heard on radio and online, has become known throughout the classical music world as the premier showcase for opera and recital singers at the start of their careers.


This March, following months of auditions across the globe, BBC Cymru Wales will announce the twenty singers who will have the opportunity to represent their country in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, 2011.


BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is organised by BBC Cymru Wales in association with Welsh National Opera and supported by the City and County of Cardiff.


Season Tickets include four concerts, the Final and the Song Prize Final and are priced from £50 - £190. Song Prize Season Tickets for the four recitals at the New Theatre are £24. Tickets to join the audience for the Master Classes, led by members of the world famous jury, are £8. Master Classes will be held on Saturday 18 June at the New Theatre Cardiff and at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.


A booking form to download and details about BBC Cardiff Singer of the World can be found at


Issued by BBC Cymru Wales Communications
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