Andrei Kymach sings himself to the finals

Update 24 June: “Andrei Kymach wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World”

Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach sang himself to victory in the third first round of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition 2019 last night, securing his spot in the Main Prize Final on Saturday 22 June. Andrei has also bagged a place in the Song Prize Final on Thursday 20 June following his performance of songs by Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Kos-Anatolsky and Rachmaninov in the first round earlier this week.

Andrei joins Chinese tenor Mingjie Lei and American bass Patrick Guetti in Saturday’s final, with two finalist spots still to be awarded. Competing alongside Andrei in the Song Prize final are tenors Roman Arndt and Mingjie Lei, soprano Sooyeon Lee and mezzo-soprano Angharad Lyddon. Both finals will be broadcast on BBC FOUR and BBC Radio 3.

A former member of the Bolshoi Young Artist programme, Andrei recently gave his house and role debut at the Gran Teatro del Liceu, Barcelona as Sir Riccardo Forth. Originally planned as second cast, Andrei stepped up to sing the opening night alongside Javier Camarena and Pretty Yende. This was followed by his role and house debut as Don Giovanni at Opéra de Nice.

Following his time in Cardiff, Andrei remains in the UK to sing the title role in Rubinstein’s The Demon at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London’s Southbank Centre on 30 June with the Chelsea Opera Group.

Watch & listen online (UK only)

Main Prize: first round performance
18 June, 7.30pm, BBC FOUR

MASSENET Hérodioade Ce breuvage… Vision fugitive [1:12:21]
TCHAIKOSVKY Queen of Spades Tomsky’s Aria [1:17:30]
VERDI I masnadieri Vecchio’… La sua lampada vitale… Tremate o miseri [1:22:44]

Song Prize: first round performance
19 June, 1.00pm, BBC Radio 3

Song Prize Final
20 June, 7.00pm, BBC Radio 3
20 June, 10.05pm, BBC FOUR

Main Prize Final
22 June, 7.30pm, BBC FOUR
22 June, 7.30pm, BBC Radio 3 

Main image © Kirsten McTernan

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