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Singing all around the world

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Please don't mistake it for the Eurovision Song Festival, even though it might look alike: 25 Singers (both male and female) from 24 nations (there are two entries from the USA) will compete for the title of "Singer of the World" in the BBC Cardiff competition of the same name. They are in fact top of the crop, as initially 507 hopefuls from 62 nations were auditioned to select participants for the finale. The competition's rules are not that straightfoward, but this is about how it goes: Five preliminary concerts will be held, in which participants like Tsvetana Bandalovska (from the Michael Chekhov Foundation, Sofia), Andrew Kennedy (BBC's New Generation Artist 2004) and Camilla Roberts (first recipient of the Kenneth Loveland gift, a charity which gives financial help to postgraduate music students) will try to become one of the final five contestants.

Apart from the regular award, there is also the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize, which is handed over to the most convincing performance in the field of song (as you might have guessed from its title). Not all participants will also turn their eye (or voice) to this event, most however, will. They include Moldova's Irina Lungu (see photo), Scotlands Lee Bisset and depicted Gustavo Casanova from Spain (he can't help it he's called that way!). Of course, it's only about fame and... er... some money as well, as the winner goes home with 10.000 Pounds and some possible engagements with the BBC and Welsh National Opera, not the worst of obligations by any standards. The first concert will take place June 12th and if you shouldn't be able to attend make sure to tune to the BBC to watch the live coverage.

Homepage: BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005

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