Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019

Kymach took the top prize in a programme of Bizet, Rachmaninov and Donizetti

Andrei Kymach with the competition's patron Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Andrei Kymach was crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019 at the competition final on Saturday at St David’s Hall, Cardiff. He beat over 400 singers from across the globe to win the Main Prize, which includes £20,000 as well as the Cardiff trophy.


BBC Music Magazine spoke to Kymach just minutes after he left the stage following his win. ‘I’m very excited about it,’ he said. ‘It was a very good atmosphere and I felt the audience supported me a lot’.

Winner Andrei KymachThe Ukrainian baritone, 31, sang arias by Bizet, Rachmaninov and Donizetti to win the title, alongside the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, conducted by Ariane Matiakh and Ewa Strusińska. ‘I chose music to describe the different colours in my voice,’ said Kymach. ‘I wanted to sing an aria from Rachmaninov’s Aleko, which is all about love and pain.’

Andrei Kymach with the other finalists: (L-R) Patrick Guetti, Guadelupe Barrientos, Sooyeon Lee and Mingjie Lei

In a first for the competition, Kymach will also be offered a recital at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at London’s Southbank Centre as part of his prize.

Mingjie Lei, winner of the Song PrizeKymach competed with four other finalists, including tenor Mingjie Lei, who was awarded the Song Prize earlier in the week. The Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize was won by Katie Bray from England, and was dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Hvorostovsky, the late baritone who won the competition back in 1989. 


Katie Bray, winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize