Following Welsh National Opera boss David Pountney, speaking in Welsh, Dame Kiri te Kanawa has announced Nadine Koutcher, 32, from Belarus, as winner of Cardiff Singer of the World 2015.
In the final she displayed all the pluses and minuses of the old Soviet teaching system. Maximum technical command, minimum emotional intelligence. Fully developed instrument, not really a young singer. She’s exactly the type of singer opera managers pick for safety. But her performance of the Bell Song probably clinched it.
The audience prize went to Amartuvshin Enkhbat of Mongolia.