The singer, who lives in Naas, Co Kildare, and tours extensively with the Three Tenors, won the main prize of €9,000 before a jury that included sopranos Teresa Berganza and Ileana Cotrubas, both contemporaries of Callas. Byrne performed arias by Mozart, Weber and Catalani.
‘‘The very name Maria Callas has a magic about it that drew me to the competition,” said Byrne. ‘‘She is an icon for all sopranos. To be associated with her name...
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