Portuguese tenor Luís Gomes, 32, winner of the Público Prize at the Operalia in 2018, is one of those selected for the BBC World Singing Contest in Cardiff, Wales.
The Portuguese tenor, who last year’s edition of the international lyric singing contest Operalia, held in Lisbon, also won the Zarzuela Prize, ‘ex-aequo‘ with Pavel Petrov, is among the 20 competitors.
The contestants, aged between 18 and 32, were selected after three qualifying rounds and will face, from June 15, four presentations, from which will be five finalists.
The five finalists, one winner in each round and one selected by the jury in their 20s, are in the final, which takes place on June 22 at St. David’s Hall in the Welsh capital. The winner receives a cash prize of £ 20,000 (€ 23,300).
With the Portuguese tenor, currently residing in London, where she completed her studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, the sopranos also compete with the sopranos Camila Titinger of Brazil, Adriana González of Guatemala, Lauren Fagan of Australia and Sooyeon Lee, of South Korea.
Also from the list of 20 candidates are tenors Mingjie Lei of China, Owen Metsileng of South Africa and Roman Arndt of Russia.
Other candidates are the mid-sopranos Guadalupe Barrientos (Argentina), Yulia Mennibaeva and Karina Kherunts (Russia), Lena Belkina (Ukraine), Katie Bray (England) and Angharad Lyddon (Wales), as well as Richard Ollarsaba (bass-baritone) and Patrick Guetti (bass), as well as the baritones Jorge Espino (Mexico), Badral Chuluunbaatar (Mongolia), Andrei Kymach (Ukraine) and Leonardo Lee (South Korea).
The contestants can also apply in parallel to the BBC Cardiff Singer, in which they interpret “lied” accompanied to the piano.
This competition, also distributed by four qualifiers, is held at Dora Stoutzker Hall, at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, with five finalists appearing, also at St David’s Hall. The winner receives a £ 10,000 prize money.
The Cardiff World Singing Competition has the artistic direction of David Jackson and the sponsorship of the soprano Kiri Te Kanawa, also delivering a Public Prize, worth 2,500 pounds. This year, the Audience Award is dedicated to the memory of Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky (1967-2017), who won the BBC’s 1st World Singing Competition in Cardiff.
The contest conceived in 1987 by producer J. Mervyn Williams (1935-2008) takes place every two years in the Welsh capital. In 2017, the winner of the Cardiff World Singing Competition was Scottish half-soprano Catriona Morrison, and the winner of the Cardiff Singing Contest was English soprano Louise Alder, who also won the Audience Award.
Among the winners of the different editions are the singers Karita Mattila, Bryn Terfel, Anja Harteros and Jamie Barton, among others.