ARIUNBAATAR GANBAATAR IS THE WINNER OF BBC CARDIFF SINGER OF THE WORLD 2017 ROUND 2 CONCERT
Tonight (Tuesday, June 13), Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, a 29 year old baritone from Mongolia, was chosen to perform in the final of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. It was also announced today that he is one of the five singers selected for Friday’s Song Prize Final. He joins John Chest (USA), Catriona Morison (Scotland), Iurii Samoilov (Ukraine) and Louise Alder (England).
Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar is one of the 20 finalists who have travelled to Cardiff from across the globe, performing their own programmes of operatic and concert works throughout this week. The singers, who were whittled down from nearly 400 competitors go head to head against each other in four rounds for a place in the Grand Final where they will perform in front of the distinguished jury and enthusiastic audience at St David’s Hall, Cardiff on Sunday, June 18.
After performing two pieces by Verdi, Ariunbaatar says: “It feels wonderful, really. But there are so many rounds to come, that’s what I’m concentrating on.”
Judging the main prize is a panel comprising chairman and director of Welsh National Opera David Pountney, mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry, soprano Sumi Jo, baritone Wolfgang Holzmair and conductor Anu Tali.
The four concerts are broadcast on BBC Four presented by Petroc Trelawny and Angel Blue (Tuesday 13 - Friday 16 June, 7.30pm). Evening highlights are presented by Tim Rhys-Evans with Josie D’Arby and Elin Manahan Thomas on BBC Two Wales at 10pm. And there is also further coverage daily BBC Radio Wales with Welsh tenor Wynne Evans, Rebecca Evans and Beverley Humphreys and on BBC Radio Cymru’s Bore Cothi, presented by Shân Cothi.