Japan Wins First Concert Round in BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2009

Chairman of the panel of international judges John Fisher made the clearly
popular announcement at the end of the concert in St David’s Hall,

Mr Fisher, chief executive and artistic director of Welsh National Opera,
presented the 30 year old soprano with a Welsh crystal trophy to make her

Eri shared this first concert with two other sopranos, 25-year-old soprano
Dana Bramane, Latvia and 27-year-old soprano Emiliya Ivanova, Bulgaria along
with 30-year-old baritone Etienne Dupuis, Canada and 23-year-old bass Fernando
Javier RadÛ, Argentina.

Eri is a graduate of Osaka College of Music and is currently a member of the
Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
The 31-year-old soprano immediately won the hearts of the packed audience with
sparkling singing of the bright ‘Quel guard oil cavaliere’ from
Donizetti’s Don Pasquale followed by emotionally charged arias
from Massenet’s Manon and Guonod’s RomÈo et

These were the first of the 25 singers who are competing for the title BBC
Cardiff Singer of the World and receive a £15,000 prize, which is provided by
the City and County of Cardiff. The Competition is organised by BBC Wales, over
this week.

Although winner of her concert Eri is not guaranteed a place in next
Sunday’s final as the judges wait until they have heard all 25 singers
before selecting their top five. It is possible two singers may go through from
one concert round and the winner of a concert round not be selected for the
final five. Indeed this happened in 2007 when fellow Japanese soprano Mari
Moriya won her concert round but did not reach the final.

The 25 singers who represent nations as far afield as Chile and Russia,
Australia and Italy have been selected from more than 600 singers from around
the world who took part in auditions in 44 locations in more than 30 countries
for the biennial competition.


This year all singers taking part will also be eligible to benefit from a
new bursary to help towards the development of their musical careers. A
follower of BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Annie Sankey, has left the
competition a bequest and a new bursary in her name to support singers who take
part in the competition has been established. Menna Richards, Director BBC
Cymru Wales said, “The bursaries will help support the studies of
competitors, including helping with travel and the purchase of musical

Twenty of the singers are also taking part in the BBC Cardiff Singer of the
World Song Prize which has its own final at St David’s Hall on Friday,
June 12.

Both competitions are receiving extensive coverage by the BBC across the
networks including BBC Cymru Wales, Radio 3, BBC Two and BBC Four and

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, Sunday, June 7 to Thursday, June 11 and
final on Sunday, June 14, St David’s Hall, Cardiff. BBC Cardiff Singer of
the World Song Prize, Saturday, June 6 to Tuesday, June 9 at the New Theatre,
Cardiff and final on Friday, June 12 at St David’s Hall. Master Classes
taken by the judges, including Dame Gwynedd Jones and Richard Bonynge, New
Theatre, Cardiff and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama on Saturday,
June 13.

Further details of the competition, competitors, jurors, accompanists,
orchestras: bbc.co.uk/cardiffsinger

For more information biographies, photography and review tickets contact
Mike Smith, 07795 325161. mike@mediasmith.co.uk

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