American singer Nicole Cabell has been named the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2005.
Nicole Cabell was one of five finalists in the premier contest
She was one of five finalists in what many regard as one of the world's premier singing competitions.
The 27-year-old soprano was presented with the Welsh Royal Crystal trophy and a £10,000 cheque by the competition's patron Dame Joan Sutherland.
Ha-Young Lee, from Korea, won the public vote for the audience prize, although she was not in the final.
The other finalists were English tenor Andrew Kennedy, Italian soprano Daria Masiero, New Zealand mezzo soprano Wendy Dawn Thompson, and Chilean tenor Luis Olivares Sandoval.
They were selected from 700 singers who applied for the 12th competition.
A week of heats had seen the number of performers whittled down to 25, ahead of the final on Sunday at St David's Hall.
The competition has helped launched the careers of a number of singers, including Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel, who won the first Lieder Prize in 1989.
The competition jury was chaired by Anthony Freud, general director of Welsh National Opera.