Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 has been won by thirty-one-year-old American mezzo Jamie Barton. She also won the associated song prize - the second contestant ever to do that. English tenor Ben Johnson won the Dame Joan Sutherland Audience Prize. The prizes were awarded at St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales on Sunday 23 June 2013, at the end of the week-long competition which began on 16 June.
Jamie Barton is a graduate of Indiana University. She also trained as a recitalist at the Tanglewood Music Center, working with James Levine, Dawn Upshaw, Phyllis Curtin, Kayo Iwama, Ira Siff, Lucy Shelton, Alan Smith and Olly Wilson. An experienced performer, she has appeared at Carnegie Hall and Barbican Hall, and with New York Metropolitan Opera, Bayerische Staatsoper, Santa Fe Opera, Opera Memphis, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Canadian Opera Company and at Aspen Music Festival.
Ben Johnson studied at the Royal College of Music in London with Neil Mackie and Tim Evans-Jones, and is currently a student of Jeffrey Talbot. Previous prizes include winning the Kathleen Ferrier Awards in 2008. He has sung with English National Opera, Opéra National de Bordeaux, Chelsea Opera Group, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Scottish Opera and the Classical Opera Company.
Cardiff Singer of the World Competition was created by BBC Wales in 1983 to celebrate the opening of St David's Hall, and the competition is held every two years. Previous winners have included Valentina Nafornita (2011), Ekaterina Scherbachenko (2009), Shen Yang (2007), Nicole Cabell (2005), Tommi Hakala (2003) and Marius Brenciu (2001).
Posted: 27 June 2013
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