The adjudicator this year was the famous Welsh soprano Rebecca Evans, and pianist Jonathan French.  We were treated to an afternoon of diverse opera repertoire, sung in a variety of languages including English, French, Italian and German.  The singers each perfomred two contrasting arias by a range of composers from Handel and Mozart to Stravinsky and Britten.

The singers were considered on their overall performances of their chosen repertoire and ability to communicate with their audience, which included giving a short introduction to the pieces they were about to sing.  We were given a special treat when one of the participants, tenor Andrew Rawlings, sung two arias familiar to all Mario fans: Cilea's E la solita storia del pastore' from L'arlesiana, and 'You Are My Heart's Delight' from 'Land of Smiles' by Lehar.

Third prize was awarded to young soprano Madeline Robinson.
Second prize was awarded to soprano Holly Teague
First prize was awarded to tenor Jack Dolan.

2019 Winners                            
 Left to right:  Jack Dolan,   Holly Teague, Derek Wheldon MLEF Chairman, Madeline Robinson