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Introduction: Cardiff Singer of the World: Episode 4 (02:16)


Five singers representing France, Germany, Russia, Australia, and Greece will compete to win a place in the finals of "Cardiff Singer of the World" competition. Richard Hickox is conducting the Welsh National Orchestra. Barbara Bonney, a soprano from America, discusses her surprise at Andion Fernandez's win yesterday.

Gaëllé Méchaly: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (08:33)

The soprano representing France begins her repertoire singing "Quando avran... Padre, germani, addio!" from "Idomeneo." Jury members include Tom Krause, Joanne Rosenberg, Dame Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne, Brian McMaster, and Anthony Freud.

Gaëllé Méchaly: Georges Bizet (04:58)

The soprano representing France competes for the Lieder Prize singing "Adieux de l'hôtesse arabe."

Gaëllé Méchaly: Gaetano Donizetti (03:33)

The soprano concludes her performance with "Prendi, per me sei libero" from "L'elisir d'amore." Adina realizes her suitor really loves her. Bonney describes how the role of Illia requires a lot of vibrato.

Panajotis Iconomou: George Frideric Handel (06:13)

The bass representing Greece begins his performance with "The good we wish for... Thy glorious deeds" from "Samson."

Panajotis Iconomou: "An Eagle" (02:06)

The bass representing Greece competes for the Lieder prize singing a traditional folk song.

Panajotis Iconomou: Giuseppe Verdi (05:49)

The bass representing Greece concludes his performance with "Ella giammai m'amò!... Dormiro sol nel manto mio regal" from "Don Carlo." Bonney does not understand why younger men want to sing roles traditionally portrayed by older men.

Ekaterina Semenchuk: Jules Massenet (03:13)

Bonney looks forward to the student from the Kirov Opera School. The mezzo-soprano representing Russia begins her repertoire singing "Va! Laisse couler mes larmes" from "Werther."

Ekaterina Semenchuk: Lieder Prize (05:06)

The mezzo-soprano representing France competes singing excerpts of songs from Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Mark Minkov, and Alexander Borodin.

Ekaterina Semenchuk: Gaetano Donizetti (07:19)

The mezzo-soprano concludes her performance with "Fia dunque vero - Oh, mio Fernando" from "La Favorita." Bonney feels Semenchuk needs to improve her French but still an outstanding performance.

Markus Brück: Charles Gounod (04:55)

Bruck originates from Wiesbaden. The baritone representing Germany begins his performance with "Avant de quitter ces lleux" from "Faust."

Markus Brück: Lieder Prize (04:41)

The baritone representing Germany competes for the Lieder prize singing excerpts of pieces written by Richard Strauss and Robert Schumann.

Markus Brück: Richard Wagner (07:41)

The baritone representing Greece concludes his performance with "Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendstern" from "Tannhauser." Bonney describes how Brück sang with a mixture of head and chest voice.

Natalie Christie: Carl Maria von Weber (04:16)

Christie is a company principal with the Welsh National Opera. The soprano representing Australia begins her repertoire singing "Kommt ein schlanker Bursch gegangen" from "Der Freischütz."

Natalie Christie: Lieder Prize (04:35)

The soprano representing Australia competes singing compositions by Malcolm Williamson.

Natalie Christie: Donizetti (08:51)

Sutherland describes how some competitors sometimes try to perform coloratura without clarity of sound. The soprano concludes her performance with "E lindo e civettin... Van la casa e l'albergo" from "Rita." Bonney wishes Christie had more overtones in her voice.

Winner Announced (04:10)

Bonney feels Semenchuk is the clear winner of the night. The jury awards Brück. (Credits)

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Cardiff Singer of the World 2001: Episode 4

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This is the 10th biennial Cardiff Singer of the World Competition. Tonight's performances include representatives from France (soprano Gaëllé Méchaly), Greece (bass-baritone Panajotis Iconomou), Russia (mezzo-soprano Ekaterina Semenchuk), Germany (baritone Markus Brück), and Australia (soprano Natalie Christie).

Length: 89 minutes

Item#: BVL185564

Copyright date: ©2001

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