Jamie Barton named BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 Song Prize winner

I'm so happy I cried on stage, I feel very overwhelmed and extremely happy. I'm very much looking forward to performing again for the opera final on Sunday.”Jamie Barton
Date: 21.06.2013     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC Four; Radio 3; Wales
US mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has won the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Song Prize.

At the final, held on Friday 21 June at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Jamie Barton performed Music for a while Purcell/Britten; Meine Liebe ist grün Op 63 No 5 Brahms; Unbewegte laue Luft Op 57 No 8 Brahms; Svarta rosor Op 36 No 1 Sibelius; Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte Op 37 No 5 Sibelius; I wait for you Op 14 No 1 Rakhmaninov; Glory to God Rakhmaninov.

Following her triumph Barton said: “I'm so happy I cried on stage, I feel very overwhelmed and extremely happy. I'm very much looking forward to performing again for the opera final on Sunday.”

The four other finalists were Hungarian soprano Mária Celeng, Ukrainian soprano Olena Tokar, Belarusian tenor Yuri Gorodetski, and English tenor Ben Johnson.

The competition’s patron, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, presented The Song Prize winner with a £5,000 prize and a Welsh crystal trophy. The award is given to the best singer of Lieder and art song. The rounds for this competition took place for the first time at the state-of-the-art Dora Stoutzker concert hall at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, with all the singers eligible to take part. The jury for this contest was: chairman, Nicholas Payne, Håkan Hagegård, Adam Gatehouse, Dame Felicity Palmer and Christoph Prégardien.

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.

More details about BBC Cardiff Singer of the World can be found at bbc.co.uk/cardiffsinger

Pictures of the singers and jury members are available on request.

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