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BBC Cardiff Singer of the World to be streamed globally for the first time

Thursday, June 11th 2015 by Ellen Branagh

Fans of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World will be able to watch the competition across the globe as it is streamed online for the first time this year.

The contest, known as a showcase for opera and recital singers starting their careers, sees 20 singers from across the world compete for the coveted title from 14-21 June.

The finalists' performances in Cardiff will be broadcast on BBC television and radio, but for the first time anyone in the world can watch the contest thanks to a new partnership with subscription service sonostream.tv.

Nearly 350 opera and concert singers from 55 different countries entered the biennial competition, which was whittled down to a final 20.

The finalists, from across the world, will perform their own programmes of operatic and concert works throughout the week at St David’s Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

They will compete for three prizes: the title of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World; the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize; and The Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize.

'Best use of the licence fee'

Audiences in the UK can watch on BBC Four and BBC Two Wales, and broadcasts on BBC TV will be streamed at the same time on sonostream.tv.

The subscription service through sonostream.tv will cost €4.99 for one broadcast or €14.99 for all six TV broadcasts across the week.

The BBC will reinvest revenue from the partnership back into home-grown programming and content, meaning the partnership brings better value for UK audiences, as well as making the world-class performances of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World available across the world.

David Jackson, artistic director of the competition, said: "We’re really keen to make the best use of the licence fee and for many years we've had requests from music-lovers all over the world asking if they can see the competition for themselves.

"Now, for the first time, I'm absolutely delighted to be able to say yes – if you have online access, Cardiff Singer can be yours to watch and enjoy.

"And with the value of the partnership reinvested into BBC programmes, it’s great news for UK audiences who love BBC content."

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is organised by BBC Wales in association with Welsh National Opera and supported by The City of Cardiff Council.

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