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Royal Conservatoire opera alumni reach BBC Cardiff Singer of the World final

Three graduates from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland have been unveiled as finalists in the 2017 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition.

Anush Hovhannisyan, Catriona Morison and Dominic Barberi beat off hundreds of applicants to form part of the 20-strong line-up at the prestigious event in the Welsh city held between 11 and 18 June.

The Royal Conservatoire alumni will join the other finalists to perform in front of an illustrious jury, chaired by David Poutney, and patron, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, at competitions in St David’s Hall and the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.

Professor Jeffrey Sharkey, Principal of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, said: “Many congratulations to Anush, Catriona and Dominic on reaching the final stages of the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

We are enormously proud of these gifted musicians who honed their craft at RCS and are now impressing audiences far and wide with their inspirational performances.

To Anush, Catriona and Dominic, I say toi toi toi as they prepare to take to the stage for this tremendous event.”

Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan graduated in 2013 before joining the Jette Parker Young Artist programme. Mezzo-soprano Catriona, from Scotland, also graduated in 2013 following studies at RCS and the Junior Conservatoire. Dominic completed his undergraduate and masters studies at RCS under the tuition of Stephen Robertson. He is currently a member of the International Opera Studio at the Berlin Staatsoper.

The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition will be recorded by the BBC for potential future broadcast. Those attending will be able to enjoy a range of fringe events across Cardiff including films, recitals, talks and masterclasses.

Tickets for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition are on sale now.

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