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Belarusian opera singer wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World

A Belarusian opera singer won the prestigious international competition BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2015.

Nadezhda Kucher from Belarus sang Martha's aria from The Tsar's Bride by Rimsky-Korsakov and was the best among 19 finalists from around the world.

The prize winner will perform a composition by John Lunn at the international festival of classical music BBC Proms in 2016 and bring home the award and the prize of 15,000 pounds.

Hope Kucher was born in Minsk, graduated from Minsk Music School named after Glinka and the conservatory in St. Petersburg. In 2012, she won the Grand Prix at the International Vocal Competition in Hertogenbosch. There, she received the audience award and the prize for the best performance of a compulsory piece. The singer made her debut on the big stage at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg with a party of Violetta in La Traviata.

Since 2012, she has been the soloist of Perm Opera House. This year, she won the prize Golden Mask for her interpretation of Medea directed by Pascal Dusapin. In 2013, she sang Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in the concert hall Concertgebouw and Verdi's Requiem with the London Symphony Orchestra in Norwich.

Amartuvshin Enkhbat from Mongolia won the Audience Award.

The competition was founded in 1983 and aims to open new opera talents of the future.

Taking part in the first stage of the competition was another Belarusian singer Marina Pinchuk.

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Belarusian opera singer wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World