For the first time in the history of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, two young singers have been named as the winners of the Song Prize, it was announced tonight (Friday, June 16). Catriona Morison, a mezzo soprano from Scotland, and Ariunbaatar Ganbaatar, a 29 year old baritone from Mongolia, have been jointly awarded the 2017 Song Prize title.

The singers went head to head against each other in four recital rounds at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff.

Judging the Song Prize was chair David Pountney, Director of Wigmore Hall John Gihooly, Ailish Tynan, winner of the 2003 Song Prize, soprano Grace Bumbry and baritone Wolfgang Holzmair.

David Pountney said: “We’ve ended up awarding two contrasting approaches to presenting singing - one celebrating an exceptionally beautiful voice, the other an extremely cultivated approach to delivering singing in a refined way. I made a joke from the stage that we manage things better in the Arts because we don’t have a hung jury, but it turns out we did – perhaps there’s a new fashion for democracy hedging its bets?”

The Song Prize Final was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and available for 30 days on BBC iPlayer. It will be broadcast on BBC Four, presented by Petroc Trelawny and Angel Blue, on Saturday June 17 at 7.30pm.

The Main Prize Final on BBC Four, BBC Two Wales and BBC Radio 3 is presented from St David’s Hall, Cardiff by Petroc Trelawny and Angel Blue on June 18 at 7.30pm. Petroc is joined by internationally acclaimed soprano Danielle de Niese and award-winning Canadian baritone Gerald Finley.

On BBC Two Wales, Tim Rhys-Evans will be live at St David’s Hall with immediate reaction to the Grand Final, with Josie D’Arby backstage.

On BBC Radio Wales, Wynne Evans has an exclusive seat backstage ably assisted by Iain Burnside. On BBC Radio Cymru, Nia Roberts is joined by Alwyn Humphreys.


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