Congratulations to Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach, who was crowned the winner of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 on Saturday night. With the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Ariane Matiakh, Andrei sealed his victory performing arias from Bizet’s Carmen, Rachmanoniv’s Aleko and Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor.
Chaired by Sir David Pountney, the jury comprised Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Frederica von Stade, José Cura and Wasfi Kani.
The former member of the Bolshoi Young Artist Program reacted to his win, saying:
“I’m overwhelmed … It’s literally a dream come true. I can remember watching the competition when I was very young and it would never have occurred to me that I could one day even take part, let alone win.”
Drawing parallels between Andrei and the late Dmitri Hvorostovsky, who won the competition 30 years ago this year, Rian Evans of The Guardian called Andrei “an aristocratic presence on stage.” She concluded by saying, “Kymach was the voice to which one could happily listen again and again and never tire of it.”
“…Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach was the right winner: a burnished sound, a secure presence, stylish, precise and expressive in Bizet, Rachmaninov and Donizetti.”
Anna Picard, The Times
Andrei travels straight from Cardiff to London, performing the title role in Rubinstein’s The Demon at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall with the Chelsea Opera Group. More information can be found on the Southbank website.
Watch the final here.