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The BBC Radio 2 Kiri Prize

Soprano Shuna Scott Sendall has won The Radio 2 Kiri Prize - Radio 2’s nationwide search with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa to find an opera star.

The Radio 2 Kiri Prize is a new initiative offering one winner a unique opportunity to sing with Dame Kiri at Radio 2’s Proms in the Park event later this year, and the chance to attend a three week residential course at the Solti Te Kanawa Academia in Italy.

Dame Kiri Te Kanawa congratulates winner Shuna Scott Sendall on stage at the BBC Radio 2 Dame Kiri Prize Final

Shuna Scott Sendall’s winning performance of Dich, teure Halle from Wagner’s Tannhäuserand Morrò, Ma Prima In Grazia from Verdi’s Un Ballo In Maschera can was heard on Friday 3 September in The Radio 2 Kiri Prize Final concert, recorded at The Mermaid in London. 

    >> Video: Watch Shuna talking about the competition
    >> See photos from the grand final

Shuna was one of five singers to reach the Final of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Each performed two arias and was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Martin Yates. They were judged by Dame Kiri, mezzo-soprano Anne Howells, conductor Robin Stapleton and director John Cox.

As part of her prize Shuna will join Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at BBC Proms in the Park in London’s Hyde Park on Saturday 11 September in front of an audience of thousands. Shuna, who is from Glasgow, is also invited to attend a three-week residential course at the Solti Te Kanawa Accademia in Italy.

Penny Smith presented the Final, which was launched in January 2010 and, following regional auditions, 40 singers were invited to attend masterclasses in London with Dame Kiri, Anne Howells and Robin Stapleton.

Dame Kiri says: "My fellow judges and I knew that choosing the winner would be a very hard decision due to the exceptional standard of the singers. We wanted to find a voice which was special - and we chose a singer who is uniquely special. We were looking for the performance of a lifetime from each of the finalists and that is what Shuna delivered."

Following training at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Shuna graduated from the Alexander Gibson Opera School. Her work with the Scottish Opera includes roles in Madame Butterfly and Carmen.

The Winner: Shuna Scott Sendall

  • Shuna Scott SendallShuna Scott Sendall

    Shuna says: "I am honoured to have been chosen as the winner of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. It has been a great privilege to be part of this competition and to get the chance to work with Dame Kiri, Anne Howells and Robin Stapleton in the masterclass and perform with the BBC Concert Orchestra. Words cannot express my delight at the opportunity I now have to perform alongside Dame Kiri at BBC Proms In The Park and I feel unbelievably excited and proud that I am able to do what I love best, sing!"

The Grand Final

  • Dame Kiri Te KanawaThe Grand Final: 3 September 2010

    Penny Smith introduced performances from all five singers to reach the Final of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Each performed two arias and was accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra, conducted by Martin Yates.

    They were judged by Dame Kiri, mezzo-soprano Anne Howells, conductor Robin Stapleton and director John Cox.

    See the photos

Meet the Semi Finalists

  • Gwawr EdwardsSemi-final #1: 30 July 2010

    Cardiff-based soprano, Gwawr Edwards is the first singer to earn a place in the finals of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Watch extracts from her masterclass with the judges and hear her thoughts on what this opportunity means to her.

    Watch the video
  • Alexander GroveSemi-final #2: 6 August 2010

    Tenor Alexander Groves becomes the second singer to go through to the finals of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Watch extracts from his masterclass with the judges and find out what he thought of working with Dame Kiri and Robin Stapleton.

    Watch the video
  • Hannah BradburySemi-final #3: 13 August 2010

    Soprano Hannah Bradbury from Stoke-on-Trent, is the third singer to earn a place in the finals of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Watch extracts from her masterclass with the judges.

    Watch the video
  • Shuna Scott SendallSemi-final #4: 20 August 2010

    Soprano Shuna Scott Sendall is the fourth singer to earn a place in the finals of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Watch extracts from her masterclass with the judges.

    Watch the video
  • Laurie AshworthSemi-final #5: 27 August 2010

    Laurie Ashworth is the fifth singer to earn a place in the finals of the Radio 2 Kiri Prize. Watch extracts from her masterclass with the judges.

    Watch the video

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