The Ukrainian opera singer Andriy Kymach won at the BBC Cardiff Singer of World International Contest. The 31-year-old Ukrainian Andrei Kimach received the main prize - the "Best Opera Singer of the World" and a cash prize of 20,000 pounds, according to BBC.
It is should be noted that more than 400 singers participated in the competition, and 20 participants from 15 countries of the world took part in the qualifying round. Five participants participated in the finals and the Ukrainian baritone won. In the final of the competition, Andriy Kymach performed plays by Georges Bizet, Sergei Rachmaninov and Gaetano Donizetti.
"The dream literally became a reality, I remember how I was watching this competition in my youth, and couldn’t even dream that I would participate in it or even win," Kymach said. The BBC Cardiff Singer of World Competition is an international competition of opera singers, held once every two years in the British city of Cardiff. It is considered the most prestigious competition for opera singing among young performers aged from 18 to 32.
Andriy Kymach was born in Kryzhopol, Vinnytsia region. He graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of the Universitynamed after Taras Shevchenko and Vocal and Conducting Faculty of the National Music Academy of Ukraine named after Tchaikovsky. His last mentor was Volodymyr Hryshko. He was also an artist of the Youth Opera Program of the Bolshoi Theater.