Quasthoff to judge Cardiff

Quasthoff to judge Cardiff


norman lebrecht

July 08, 2016

BBC Cardiff Singer of the World, which has been slipping down the visibility ranks, has boosted next year’s judging panel with the retired German baritone Thomas Quasthoff and the Korean soprano Sumi Jo.

This should guarantee late nights and much merriment (first beer’s on us, Tommy).

Thomas Quasthoff


The competition has also just changed its dates to avoid the idiotic 2015 clash with the Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.

Cardiff will take place from 11-18 June 2017. Application deadlines have been extended to next Friday. Apply here.



  • Ian Thomson says:

    Is it confirmed that the new dates for BBC Cardiff Singer of the Year 2017 are 11-18 June 2017? I was just checking my diary and I have tickets to see WNO in a couple of operas at WMC, Cardiff that same week – surely the WNO Orchestra cannot be playing operas AND taking part in the competition on at least two nights – it would also mean that some of us would not be able to buy a subscription for the whole competition.

  • jk96 says:

    Oh no. Seldom was a competition so rigged as under Quasthoff. Fellow judges would frequently be ‘advised’ before hand as to whom to look out for. Winners frequently happened to be students. His jealousy and bad character are well known and have brought down many a singers ambitions. Don’t bother applying. Why put yourself through this.