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Nicole Cabell crowned the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.     

American singer Nicole Cabell was last night (SUN) crowned the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World.

The ravishing young soprano claimed opera’s most coveted title in a fiercely contested final at Cardiff’s St David’s Hall.

The distinguished panel of international jurors, including music legends Marilyn Horne and Dame Anne Evans, selected Nicole who had been the competition’s front runner from her sensational concert round victory on Tuesday night.

Nicole’s rivals were English tenor Andrew Kennedy – who won the competition’s Song Prize on Friday night - New Zealand mezzo soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson, Chilean tenor Luis Olivares Sandoval and Italian soprano Daria Masiero.

The 27 year old Californian received £10,000 and was presented with her Welsh Royal Crystal trophy by the competition’s patron Dame Joan Sutherland.

Nicole’s prize also includes engagements with the BBC and Welsh National Opera so we will see her back in Wales in the near future.

There was some controversy about the choice of finalists with the competition’s website flooded with complaints that the Korean contestant Hayoung Lee had not been included.

Popular with the St David’s Hall audience, the 30 year old soprano was defeated in her round of the competition on Thursday by the Chilean tenor who was also chosen as a finalist.

It was then not surprising that the audience prize, voted by the live, broadcast and online audience chose Hayoung to receive the £2,500 prize.

On Friday night English tenor Andrew Kennedy won the final of the competition’s Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize (formerly the competition’s Lieder Prize).

Nicole and Wendy Dawn Thompson were also amongst the finalists for the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize. Completing that line-up were American baritone Quinn Kelsey, baritone and Georgian bass Mikhail Kolelishvili.

The contestants were selected from 507 singers chosen to audition out of over 700 applicants worldwide.

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Mike Smith
Monday, June 20, 2005back

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