32 year old Nadine Koutcher from Belarus has won BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015.
At the final, held on Sunday 21 June at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Nadine performed Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Tsar’s Bride and Delibes’ The Bell Song.
Following her triumph Koutcher said: “I have no words – I am speechless. It is totally incredible to win.”
The four other finalists were Amartuvshin Enkhbat, Lauren Michelle, Oleksiy Palchykov and Jongmin Park.
The competition’s patron, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, presented the winner with a £15,000 prize and the Cardiff trophy. The distinguished jury included Chairman, David Pountney, John Fiore, Soile Isokoski, Claron McFadden and Dennis O’Neill.
The £2,000 Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize, supported by Cardiff University School of Music was presented to 29 year old baritone Amartuvshin Enkhbat from Mongolia by BBC’s National Trustee for Wales, Elan Closs. This award was chosen by the audience and viewers at home.
The Song Prize was awarded to Jongmin Park from South Korea on Friday 19 June at St David’s Hall.
The singers performed their own programmes of operatic and concert works at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, accompanied by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales conducted by their Principal Conductor Thomas Søndergård and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
David Jackson, Artistic Director, BBC Cardiff Singer of the World said: “From such an incredibly strong field of artists in the final we have a really worthy winner who will fly the flag for Cardiff Singer.”
From Milan and Helsinki to New York and Toronto, auditions took place in eight locations across the world, and the 20 outstanding finalists were selected from 55 countries and included representatives from Mongolia and Malta, two countries new to the competition. More than 350 opera and concert singers at the start of their careers entered the contest. For the singers who were selected, the exposure to large audiences, both in Cardiff and across the BBC’s television, radio and online services, has given them an invaluable boost to their careers.
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is a pivotal part of the Classical Voice Season in the BBC’s Year of Song and Dance and was broadcast extensively on BBC Four and BBC Radio 3, along with BBC Two Wales, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru, S4C and online at bbc.co.uk/cardiffsinger.For the first time anyone in the world could sign up to watch all the BBC Four broadcasts following a new partnership with subscription service sonostream.tv.
BBC Cardiff Singer of the World is organised by BBC Cymru Wales in association with Welsh National Opera and supported by the City and County of Cardiff.