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.
Reader Carole spent last night watching the final of the Song Prize, aka the consolation prize. Carry on reading to find out who won (the picture above is a fairly big clue......). She also comments on the difference between the live and broadcast sound - an issue that will no doubt crop up again when the Proms begin.