June 14, 2009

Shcherbachenko named Singer of the World

Russian soprano Ekaterina Shcherbachenko has won the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2009 final, the British broadcaster said Sunday.

The 32-year-old competitor beat out four finalists -- soprano Eri Nakamura, 31, from Japan; Luca, 21, from Italy; bass Jan Martinik, 26, from the Czech Republic; and counter-tenor Yuriy Mynenko, 30, from Ukraine -- to win the title, as well as a $25,000 cash prize.

Shcherbachenko called the day she won the award the happiest day of her life.

Martinik won an $8,200 song award, while 21-year-old Italian tenor Giordano Luca took home a $3,275 Audience Prize, the BBC said.