The 32-year-old South Korean singer sang arias from Don Pasquale, Die Zauberfl‹te, and La Sonnambula; Chausson's "Les Temps des lilas"; and "Alleluja" from Mozart's motet Exsultate, jubilate in the finals. She receives C$25,000.
Second prize went to Canadian baritone Peter McGillvray; Australian soprano Elena Xanthoudakis won third prize. Canadian baritone Phillip Addis and Georgian soprano Anna Kasyan shared fourth prize. Canadian soprano Chantal Dionne won sixth prize.
Xanthoudakis won a prize for the best performance of the required Canadian work, Jocelyn Morlock's "Amore." Addis won a prize for the best opera performances by a Canadian. An audience prize and the prize for best Canadian artist will be announced at a gala performance tonight featuring the winners.
The competition jury included soprano Shirley Verrett, tenor Carlo Bergonzi, and soprano Gwyneth Jones.
The Montreal Symphony was scheduled to accompany the final round and tonight's gala, but withdrew because of its ongoing musicians' strike. It was replaced by the competition's in-house ensemble.