After a lengthy delay due to a medical crisis in the audience, Mingjie Lei, 31, was announced shortly before midnight as winner of the £10,000 Song Prize at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2019.
He goes through to the main final Saturday night together with
US Bass Patrick Guetti, 31
Ukrainian baritone Andrei Kymach, 31
Korean soprano Sooyeon Lee, 30
Argentine mezzo-soprano Guadalupe Barrientos, 32
It took more than 24 hours for the BBC’s PRs to issue a press release on the finalists.
The BBC has haplessly failed to stir public interest in the competition and doubts are being expressed about its future.