Our colleague Basia Jaworski came away disappointed from the final of the Belvedere Competition. None of the singers was outstanding. The winner was a 32 year-old Korean baritone, Dong-Hwan Lee. Read Basia here (in Dutch).
Contests that set the upper age limit so high will never discover real talent. They merely run a gamut of competent singers who, mostly, already have agency contracts and staff jobs in major houses. It was much the same at Cardiff Singer of the World. If these contests are to continue – and a growing body of opinion doubts their usefulness – the upper age must come down to 27.