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Introduction: Cardiff Singer of the World 1997- The Final (02:34)


Finalists come from Wales, England, South Africa, Venezuela and the People's Republic of China. Gwyn Hughes Jones recently moved from the baritone to the tenor vocal range. Abel Motsoadi is the first competitor from South Africa.

Gwyn Hughes Jones (11:16)

The tenor from Wales sings Giacomo Puccini's "che gelida manina." While competing for the Leider Prize, Jones performs Francis Poulenc's "Bleuet." He concludes his repertoire with Giuseppe Verdi's "Quando la sere al placido."

Abel Motsoadi (11:22)

The bass/baritone from South Africa studies at Julliard in New York City. His repertoire includes selections from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert, and Charles Gounod. Marilyn Horne and Dame Joan Sutherland describe how they evaluate the performers.

Christopher Maltman (11:26)

The baritone is the first competitor to reach the finals from England. His repertoire includes selections from Benjamin Britten, Schubert, and Mozart.

Guang Yang (15:22)

The mezzo soprano performs selections from Schubert and Gioachino Rossini. The song needs to move her in order to create emotions in the audience.

Aguiles Machado (12:12)

The tenor from Venezuela performs selections from Gounod, Joaquin Turina, and Puccini. Machado enjoys performing Rodolfo in "La Boheme."

Non-Finalists' Masterclass (06:23)

Marcel Reijans receives feedback on a performance from Stuart Burrows. Susanne Schimmack works with Marilyn Horne on "Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix" from "Samson and Delilah."

The Song Award (11:26)

The Lieder prize is an award given to the best song accompanied by piano alone or the orchestra. Many performers celebrate Schubert's birthday by including him in their repertoire. Lieder singers need a natural stage presence, serious intelligence, and something to say; Iain Burnside believes Nicole Heaston or Maltman will win.

Winners Announced (04:12)

Jury members include Anthony Freud, Marilyn Horne, Dame Joan Sutherland, Brian McMaster, Stuart Burrow, and the mayor of Cardiff. Maltman wins the Lieder Prize and Yang wins the competition.

Credits: Cardiff Singer of the World 1997- The Final (01:19)

Credits: Cardiff Singer of the World 1997- The Finals

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Natalie Wheen and Huw Edwards present the final of the 1997 competition. Hopefuls include tenor Gwyn Hughes Jones, bass/baritone Abel Motsoadi, baritone Christopher Maltman, mezzo-soprano Guang Yang, and tenor Aguiles Machado.

Length: 89 minutes

Item#: BVL185575

Copyright date: ©1997

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