(041) Mezzo-Soprano / Contralto / Counter-Tenor Solo for those aged 25 and over

Entry Deadline
 1 May 2018

Competitors must choose one song from Section A and one from Section B

Section A:
Opera:

‘So in Love’ (‘Dros fy mhen’), Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter, Best of Cole Porter [Faber 05715310910]
Welsh words by John Stoddart
‘Somewhere’ (‘Rhywle’), West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein [Boosey & Hawkes M051514625]
Welsh words by John Stoddart
‘Chacun â son goût’ (‘Pawb at y peth a bo’), Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss, Arias for Mezzo-Soprano [Schirmer GS81098]
Welsh words by Dyfnallt Morgan
‘Weiche, Wotan! Weiche!’ (‘Ildia, Fotan! Ildia’), Das Rheingold, Wagner [Eisteddfod Office]
Welsh words by John Stoddart

Oratorio/Mass:   
Any aria from Eleias [Elijah], Mendelssohn [Novello NOV 070201] or Y Dioddefaint yn ôl Sant Mathew (St Matthew Passion), J S Bach [Novello NOV 072478]

 

Section B:

Hen Ganiadau (Welsh songs by a composer born before 1900)

In any published key.

Any solo by ET Davies, RS Hughes or D Pughe Evans

Welsh Song

Any solo by Meirion Williams

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44. David Ellis Memorial Prize – Blue Ribband

The adjudication panel will choose four competitors across the categories in competitions 40-43 to compete on the pavilion stage.

 

(a) Solo from Section A

(b) Own choice of a solo by a Welsh composer excluding the Section B choices in the List of Competitions

 

Prize:

David Elis Memorial Medal and £200 (Cronfa Goffa y Bariton Aeron Gwyn, enillydd y Rhuban Glas yn 2005)

The winner will accept a special invitation to perform in Australia during the St David’s Day celebrations at the Melbourne Welsh Church

Prizes
  1. £150 (Merched y Wawr Cangen Caerdydd)
  2. £100 (Merched y Wawr Cangen Caerdydd)
  3. £50 (Merched y Wawr Cangen Caerdydd)

Rehearse with Accompaniment

This year, we’re offering a brand new service for competitors, to help you prepare and rehearse for your competition. We are very grateful to Annette Bryn Parri for preparing piano accompaniment files for all our test pieces.

Annette Bryn Parri is one of Wales’ leading and most experienced accompanists and musicians. Read more about her here.

Click ‘play’ on the file below or download a copy to your computer to rehearse for your competition.

Please note that this resource is for rehearsal purposes only, and we hope it will help you when choosing suitable pieces for your voice type. The tempo of the pieces has been set to help rehearsals, and there can be different to performance speed. It is your responsibility to set your own tempo during the competition performance.

This is a pilot project and we are keen to receive your feedback. Please email gwyb@eisteddfod.org.uk with any comments.

‘So in Love’ (‘Dros fy mhen’), Kiss Me Kate, Cole Porter, Best of Cole Porter [Faber 05715310910]
Download MP3 (11.07 MB)
‘Weiche, Wotan! Weiche!’ (‘Ildia, Fotan! Ildia’), Das Rheingold, Wagner [Eisteddfod Office]
Download MP3 (4.59 MB)
‘Chacun â son goût’ (‘Pawb at y peth a bo’), Die Fledermaus, Johann Strauss, Arias for Mezzo-Soprano [Schirmer GS81098]
Download MP3 (6.45 MB)
‘Somewhere’ (‘Rhywle’), West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein [Boosey & Hawkes M051514625]
Download MP3 (4.98 MB)
Chwi bobloedd rhwygwch fron / Os o wirfodd (Ye people, rend your hearts / If with all your hearts) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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Clyw fi, Israel! (Hear ye, Israel!) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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Fry, fry bydd i’r cyfiawn hoen (The shall the righteous shine forth) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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Gwae iddynt hwy (Woe unto them who forsake him!) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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Mi af ar fy ffordd / Y mynyddoedd ciliant hwy (I go on my way / For the mountains shall depart) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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Neswch Bobloedd oll, Duw Arglwydd Abraham (Draw near all ye people / Lord God of Abraham) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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O gorffwys yn Nuw (O rest in the Lord) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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On’d yw Ei air fel y tân (Is not his word like a fire?) Elijah, Mendelssohn
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