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Baritone wins Cardiff Singer of World prize.

Byline: STAFF REPORTER Reporter echo.newsdesk@walesonline.co.uk

THE Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach has described himself as "overwhelmed" after winning the prestigious BBC Cardiff Singer of the World title for 2019.

The 31-year-old received a PS20,000 prize and the Cardiff trophy from the competition's patron Dame Kiri Te Kanawa after triumphing in Saturday night's final at St David's Hall.

Kymach was chosen as the winner by the jury, chaired by Sir David Pountney, after performing works by Bizet, Rachmaninov and Donizetti during the final.

Speaking afterwards, he described his victory as a "dream come true".

"I'm overwhelmed to have won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019," he said.

"It's literally a dream come true. I can remember watching the competition when I was very young and it would never have occurred to me that I could one day even take part, let alone win. I wish to thank the jury and everyone involved with the competition for being so supportive and welcoming."

More than 400 singers from across the globe entered BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019, with 20 vocalists from 15 countries selected to compete in the competition. Recognised as one of the most important music competitions in the world, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World has launched the careers of some of the world's biggest opera stars, including Bryn Terfel.

This year's four other finalists were Sooyeon Lee, Mingjie Lei, Guadalupe Barrientos and Patrick Guetti.

The PS2,500 Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize was presented to the English mezzo-soprano Katie Bray, while the Song Prize was won by Mingjie Lei, a tenor from China.

David Jackson, artistic director of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, said: "All 20 contestants are winners for having reached the finals and for impressing everyone here.

"But there can only be one winner and Andrei Kymach is a worthy winner who captivated all of us with his artistry and ability to connect with the audience.

"Everyone associated with the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World looks forward to watching his career develop in the years ahead."

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