Whether or not you are an opera fan the nightly broadcasts this year have been very good at showing stylish snippets of Cardiff as a backdrop to summaries of results/commentary etc - eg high speed flyover of the Bay at Night, St David's Hall, Millennium Centre etc, even a few fleeting night shots which made Cardiff look like a city of skyscrapers . OK the audience is not of the scale of "The Voice" but it's BBC4 and attracts a "select" audience so will not have done the reputation of Cardiff any harm.
Watch the first 2 minutes of this i-player clip as an example:
This is what the American winner had to say on Facebook:
Jamie Barton, mezzo-soprano
5 hours ago · I cannot begin to describe the feeling associated with being awarded both the Song Prize and the Cardiff Singer of the World Prize. "When you wish upon a star..." comes to mind! Thank you for the outpouring of encouragement and excitement for me this week! I truly feel it helped raise me up in my moments of being tired (which, there were a few of those moments!) So many thanks to those involved with the competition...the staff, the adjudicators, and my fellow competitors, who are just as beautiful people as they are artists. I look forward to meeting all of you down the road in the life of our careers...what incredible music will be made! And last, but certainly not least, I want to thank the incredibly warm people of Wales. You opened your arms to 20 of us from around the world, and I think I can speak for us all in saying "Thank you for the memories!" I cannot wait to visit you again, and I hope that day is soon! Now off to home to see my darling kitties and to find a frame for the headshot that John Barrowman signed for me... XOXO,Jamie