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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Opera singing contest final

BBC iPlayer - BBC Cardiff Singer of the World: 2009: Highlights: Final For a limited time. UK only

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World reaches its dramatic climax as the five best singers from the week take to the stage in front of a packed house at St. David's Hall.
Huw Edwards and Aled Jones present full coverage of the final with profiles of the competitors and all the backstage tension.
Expert comments and analysis are provided by Susan Graham, one of the world's leading opera and recital artists, and leading vocal expert Mary King.
The competition, widely regarded as the most important in opera, can be the springboard to stardom. Who will carry off the title in 2009 and follow a distinguished line of winners? The waiting is nearly over!"

A box of delights. They are all worthy winners. One of the judges said something interesting: "It's not about what the voice is, it's about who has the voice." (That might not be verbatim - it's from memory.) In the end, I think the final decision was right.

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