In case you haven't already heard, the purtiest lady won. Presciently described by Mark Padmore as "a real winner" earlier in the week, Valentina Naforniţă took home the title of Cardiff Singer of the World 2011 today. In a rare double, the 24 year old from Moldova also scooped the Audience Prize, aka the popularity contest. She gets a tidy £15,000 to go with that twinkly vase.
The extract from her earlier round below was uploaded by Cardiff's very own opera blogger, Hairman, who has been dutifully reporting on proceedings all week. After watching the final live, Intermezzo's sterling reporter Carole is taking her first evening off, but she may have time to share a few impressions tomorrow.