Established in 1983, the Cardiff Singer biennial competition quickly became known throughout the classical world as the premier showcase for opera and concert singers at the start of their careers. The 20 competitors are selected from worldwide auditions performing their own choice of opera and concert works with symphony orchestra. Five finalists are selected by an international jury to take part in the final and the winner receives £15,000, a trophy and may also be offered high-profile engagements with the BBC and Welsh National Opera. Other prizes offered are BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize and the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize.
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is organised by BBC Cymru Wales in association with Welsh National Opera and is supported by the City and County of Cardiff.