She has also been a BBC New Generation Artist and, in 2011, won one of the prestigious Kathleen Ferrier Awards, commemorating one of Britain's greatest mezzo-sopranos
, who died of cancer in 1953, aged just 41.
Three hundred and three applications were made to the Aria division and 166 to the new Art Song division representing 163 sopranos, 42 mezzo-sopranos
, 60 tenors, 62 baritones, 13 bass-baritones, 11 basses and 7 countertenors.
Patrician Bardon is the youngest-ever prizewinner of the Cardiff Singer of the World competition and has performed with many of the world's leading orchestras - from the New York Philharmonic to The Halle.
The lyric mezzo-soprano
Jenkins is described as a popular classical-crossover singer and she has worked with everyone from Gary Barlow to Andrea Bocelli.
Olga Borodina as Amneris in Verdi''s Aida
The dramatic mezzo-soprano
is the female "heavy" in most operas.
Her first album, Premiere, made her the fastest-selling mezzo-soprano
to date, and she became the first British classical crossover artist to have two number one albums in the same year.
Born in Sofia, Bulgaria, Plama is a world lauded mezzo-soprano
of great power with a voice of exceptional clarity.
It is reported that even senior party leaders approached the Neath-born mezzo-soprano
to perform at the event but the their requests were turned down saying the award-winning star was busy.
For Saturday's concert, the chamber choir will be joined by international mezzo-soprano
Easy Songs for Beginning Soprano Part II (20 songs); Easy Songs for Beginning Mezzo-Soprano
Part II (19 songs); Easy Songs for Beginning Tenor Part II (18 songs); Easy Songs for Beginning Baritone/Bass Part II (19 songs), compiled by Joan Frey Boytim, G.
A conversational mezzo-soprano
, McKeown never sounds like she's trying to prove anything--except maybe how much she loves this repertoire.
In this heart-wrenching disc, composer Peter Lieberson puts music to five love poems by Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda sung by Lieberson's late wife, the great mezzo-soprano
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
The disc concludes with the Prelude to Tristan und Isolde and finally "Isoldes Liebestod" sung by mezzo-soprano
From under and behind the piano emerge the dancing hero (Lloyd Riggins), his muse, Eros (Ivan Urban), and his girlfriend (Heather Jurgensen), as well as mezzo-soprano
Angela Horn and baritone Scott Cheffer, who performed Bemstein's songs stylishly.