There they are above looking pretty thrilled. And they should be for it has been a hard fought battle and there is only more to come on Thursday and Saturday.
Saltanat Akhmetova - Soprano from Kazakhstan
Alexey Bogdanchikov - Baritone, Russia
Nicole Car - Soprano, Australia
Rihab Chaieb - Mezzo, Tunisia/Canada
Toru Kaku - Baritone, Japan
Sofia Koberidze - Mezzo, Georgia (not in photo)
Oleksandr Kyreiev - Baritone, Ukraine
Myong-Hyun Lee - Tenor, Korea
Yulia Mazurova - Mezzo, Russia
Kristina Mkhitaryan - Soprano, Russia
Levente Páll - Bass, Hungary
Cecilia Pastawski - Mezzo, Argentina
Aiste Pilibaviciute - Soprano, Lithuania
Maria Popa - Mezzo, Romania
Ross Ramgobin - Baritone, UK
Nadine Sierra - Soprano, USA
Oleg Tibulco - Bass, Moldova
Aya Wakizono - Mezzo, Japan
Sebastian Wartig - Baritone, Germany
I must say that there were some surprises - so many of the 20 that did not go through could easily have done so on another day. The numbers were extremely close and those who did not make it only missed it by the thinnest of margins. If you look at the credentials of these semi finalists you can gauge perhaps what an incredibly high standard we are dealing with here. The age range is from 22 to 29. There are some extremely gifted people here and to narrow it down to ten finalists on Thursday and then just three men and three women winners on Saturday night - well it is going to be tough!
We the jury will relax this evening........we have been working hard!