Priscilla Ferrari, a 27-year-old soprano from Brazil, died on June 8 of a pulmonary embolism, according to the press agency.
Soprano Maria Jos_ Siri of Uraguay was the winner. Russian baritone Alexey Markov received second prize and Mexican tenor Dante Alcalš finished third.
The competition, which focuses on Italian opera, was created in Hamburg in 1996. It has been held in Dresden since 2001. Leipzig's MDR Symphony Orchestra accompanied this finals this year, conducted by Mikhail Jurowski.