Bright performance at prestigious contest

Nadezhda Kucher of Belarus wins BBC Cardiff Singer of the World international competition for opera singers
Nadezhda has claimed victory from among 20 of the world’s most promising opera singers. The 2015 competition saw 350 candidates from all over the world apply, with finals hosted by Cardiff’s St. David’s Hall. Her triumph brings her a prize of £15,000, as well as the opportunity to perform music by Scottish composer John Lunn, at the BBC Proms Festival, in 2016.

Nadezhda was born in Minsk and graduated from the Music Studies Department of Minsk State Musical College (named after Mikhail Glinka). She continued her studies at St. Petersburg’s State Conservatoire, graduating from the Solo Singing Department in 2011.

Nadezhda has won prizes at the Magutny Bozha (Mighty God) International Festival of Sacred Music (Belarus), as well as at the Bibigul Tulegenova contest (Kazakhstan), at the Irina Bogacheva contest and at the Golden Mask competition (Russia). Moreover, she took the Grand Prix and the People’s Choice Award at an international contest of vocalists in the Netherlands.

Nadezhda first appeared on the operatic stage in 2007, playing Marfa in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s Tsar Bride, at St. Petersburg’s State Conservatoire. In 2009, she performed at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and gave her first solo concert in 2010, at the Beijing Concert Hall.

Ms. Kucher is a soloist with the Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre and represented her native Belarus at the prestigious BBC contest of opera singers.

By Anastasia Shoplya
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