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Who was crowned the first ever Cardiff Singer of the World in 1983?
Karita Mattila (soprano)
David Malis (baritone)
Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone)
It was Karita Mattila. The Finnish soprano was crowned BBC Cardiff Singer of the World in the first ever edition of the competition.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
Correct! It's Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, who became internationally known for her performances of the music of Mozart and Strauss especially.
Who won the main prize in 2011?
It was the Moldovan soprano Valentina Naforniţă who impressed both the judges and the audience - she also won the Dame Joan Sutherland audience prize - with her performance of music by Dvořák and Donizetti
Which orchestra accompanies the singers in the 2013 Cardiff Singer of the World final?
Welsh National Opera Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra
BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Correct! It's the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. WNO's orchestra have performed during the week in the BBC Cardiff Singer concerts, but it's BBC NOW who will be on stage for the final.
Why was the Cardiff Singer of the World award created?
To celebrate the opening of St David’s Hall in Cardiff
Correct! The competition was to celebrate the opening of Cardiff's new concert hall. Thirty years later the competition's still going strong.
To attract tourists to Wales
To celebrate the opening of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
In which year did baritones Bryn Terfel and Dmitri Hvorostovksy famously battle it out for the top spot?
In which year did Romanian tenor Marius Brenciu win both the main prize and the Song prize?
It was 2001. He sang a programme of Ponchielli, Richard Strauss, Enescu and Tchaikovsky in the final of the main prize.
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