Over the last couple of weeks, the 12 finalists of the Montreal Baroque Festival's international singing competition have been busy preparing their final round performances. For this second round, singers will again perform music by German baroque composer J.S. Bach. But this time, candidates of similar voice type must perform the exact same program as their colleagues, levelling the playing field and giving the jury — and you! — another chance to compare the voices and talents of these artists.
The festival will announce its official competition results right here on CBC Music in a couple weeks, just before the Ides of March. But you can listen and judge for yourself right now! Play the artist-submitted recordings below and vote for your favourite finalist (if you haven't already) by clicking beside their name in the survey box. Then share your predictions in the comments section at the end of this article.
Compulsory program: BWV 4, vs. 6, duet; BWV 18, mvt. 3, aria; BWV 181, mvt. 4, recitative.
Compulsory program: BWV 106, mvt. 3, aria; BWV 181, mvt. 2, recitative and arioso.
Compulsory program: BWV 9, mvt. 3, aria; BWV 18, mvt. 2, tenor recitative sections.
Compulsory program: BWV 18, mvt. 1, bass recitative sections; BWV 181, mvt. 1, aria
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