It's one of my favourite events and I was at the last two competitions. I'd have loved to have been there this week - it's such a lovely event, the audience are so warm and it's a really enjoyable community event. Although it's an international competition, there is something very Welsh about it and I've loved my visits to Cardiff to watch the competition. We've stayed in the hotel used for competitors and it was always interesting to see who was having breakfast together and who was self-isolating (in the terms that we now understand).
I think this year is suffering from the lack of an audience but better that it happens without an audience than not at all. I thought the jury decision for the second heat was a strange one, I do wonder whether audience reaction might have swayed the judges under different circumstances. Happy with the first heat winner.
Really missing the audience. The roar that goes up from the knowledgeable crowd when they sense a winner and when the singer really connects is irreplaceable. Above you say it is the rules in Wales - hmm. I really think an audience of music students or something would have been possible, no? All jabbed and masked and well behaved, like all welsh students are?
Loving the singing - liked that Russian woman and what a story the sub scores! They look for someone who is assured, not having to think about voice but performing, ready to go into the big Opera World.