The competitors, selected by audition, represent 24 countries. The United States will send two singers, soprano Nicole Cabell and baritone Quinn Kelsey; both are members of the Lyric Opera Center for American Artists, the Lyric Opera of Chicago's training program.
The jury for the competition will include mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne, soprano Anne Evans, baritone Sergei Leiferkus, and Brian McMaster, director of the Edinburgh Festival. Anthony Freud, general director of the Welsh National Opera, will serve as chair.
Founded in 1989, the Singer of the World is held every other year. Previous winners include soprano Karita Mattila, baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and soprano Lisa Gasteen. In 1989, baritone Bryn Terfel won the Lieder Prize (now called the Song Prize), but was bested by Hvorostovsky in the main competition.
This year, the preliminary rounds will be held June 12-16, accompanied by the Welsh National Opera and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and the finals June 19, accompanied by the NOW. Conductors include Carlo Rizzi, Grant Llwewllyn, and Ralf Weikert.