Introduction: Cardiff Singer of the World 1999: Episode 2 (02:41)
Young singers showcase their talents and compete to become Cardiff's singer of the World. Couples share their excitement at receiving tickets to the contest. Brigitte Fassbaender will guest commentate. (Credits)
Isabelle Cals (06:53)
The singer performs Claude Debussy's "Christmas Carol for Homeless Children" and competes for the lieder award. Jury members include Dame Joan Sutherland, Eva Randhawa, Carlo Bergonzi, Cheryl Mills, Brian McMaster, and Peter Jonas.
New Conductor (02:32)
Paul Daniel debuts as the conductor of the Welsh National Orchestra. Singers carry their instrument with them. Competitors obtain advice from industry professionals.
Johan Reuter (06:29)
The bass-baritone sings two Danish folk songs for the competition and an aria from "The Marriage of Figaro." Fassbaender wants to direct the singer in the role.
Isabelle Sacco (07:37)
The soprano from Italy sings arias that emphasize her coloratura technique. Fassbaender criticizes the singer for endangering her voice.
Thomas Studebaker (07:25)
The singer from the United States performs two arias that aren't technically in the heldentenor vocal range. Fassbaender believes he is more lyrical.
Past Winners (02:13)
Finland is not represented this year but has won the overall prize and the Leider Prize in the past. Karita Mattila has appeared at Covent Garden and the Metropolitan Opera after winning. Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Bryn Terfel meet during the "Battle of the Baritones."
Armando Gama (07:38)
The baritone from Mexico sings arias from Francis Poulenc and Jules Massenet. Fassbaender believes his voice was tired. Studebaker wins the evening's competition.
Credits: Cardiff Singer of the World 1999: Episode 2 (00:34)
Credits: Cardiff Singer of the World 1999: Episode 2
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