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2013 BBC Cardiff Singer Of The World Is An American

Mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton has won the top prize in the 2013 BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, which concluded last week in that city. Formed in 1983, the competition capitalizes on the Welsh love of singing.  Past winners include Bryn Terfel, Dimitri Hvorostovsky, Nicole Cabell, and Leah Crocetto. Chinese tenor Li Yi was also a finalist this year. He won the top prize in the 2012 Opera Columbus Irma M Cooper Vocal Competition. Barton is from Georgia and is a graduate of Indiana University. She was featured in the 2007 film The Audition which was a behind the scenes look at the annual Metropolitan Opera Auditions. Jamie made a Met debut as a result of her singing in the Met competition.  She's been singing at the highest levels worldwide since 2010. No more supporting roles for this wonderful artist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmCzTFITG2o The BBC Cardiff Singer of the World Competition is for singers what the Van Cliburn Competition is for pianists. The purse, 15,000 pounds, is modest as winnings go; the prestige and exposure are priceless. This year's judges included two Dames of the British Empire, Kiri Te Kanawa and Felicity Lott, plus tenor Neil Schicoff and baritone Hakan Hagegard. Learn more about this terrific singer at jamiebartonmezzo.com.