1st December, 2013
Soprano Catrin Aur competed in the finals of the Wagner Society Singing Competition on December 1st at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Singing to a judging panel of Sir John Tomlinson, Elaine Padmore and Keith Warner, in what was a close-fought final, Catrin was joint winner of the competition. As the Wagner Society's press release explains . . . .
The David Josefowitz Hall was packed by an enthusiastic audience for the first year of the new format for the Wagner Society's annual singing competition for rising Wagner singers – with the upper age limit raised from 35 to 40. Under 35, it is not always possible to tell whether a singer's voice will develop to Wagnerian proportions, and this year’s competition demonstrated that the years between 35 and 40 are when a Wagner voice begins to mature - the sound quality was quite different from that often heard from younger contestants.
The standard of the singing from the eight contestants, who were accompanied by Kelvin Lim, was impressively high. As the judges could not agree on a single winner, they took the unusual step of naming joint winners, whose prize is specialised coaching for a Wagner role or in the German language. Including -
Soprano Catrin Aur, whose Selig, wie der Sonne from Die Meistersinger soared with ease, and who followed with a radiant Dich, teure Halle from Tannhäuser.
Our congratulations to Catrin on a significant achievement at this stage in her career. For more information and enquiries about Catrin, please contact Rhian Williams, her manager at Harlequin.