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Cardiff opera star wins prize.

AN OPERA star from Cardiff University has won one of the country's most prestigious singing competitions, following in the footsteps of Bryn Terfel.

International Academy of Voice baritone Njabulo Madlala, 28, was awarded first prize in the annual Kathleen Ferrier Award Competition at Wigmore Hall in London.

The award, which honours the best-loved British contralto singers, was set up to provide young singers of any nationality studying in the UK the support for further study. Winners are awarded pounds 10,000 and the opportunity for international recognition.

Njabulo will now undertake a three-week residency in the Italian town of Barga, performing a gala of operatic arias and ensembles and a full-scale opera.

Njabulo said: "Winning the Kathleen Ferrier Award is the most exciting thing that could ever have happened in my life. Coming from South Africa to the UK to study, I never dreamed of this happening."

Dennis O'Neill, director of the academy, said: "Everyone at the International Academy of Voice is absolutely thrilled with the news of Njabulo's major achievement. It is so satisfying to see his major talent recognised and encouraged in this important way."
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 5, 2010
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