Sydney Eisteddfod Alumni & Ambassador Amelia Farrugia.
Sydney Eisteddfod recently caught up with ambassador and alumni Amelia Farrugia to discuss her upcoming concert DIVA which will be at Sydney Recital Hall later in August 2017.
As the 1994 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship Winner, Amelia has a long history with Sydney Eisteddfod, scoring her first victory in 1977 playing Little Bo Peep by J. A Stone with her friend Emma in the Pianoforte Duet for Children (7 & under).
In the years that followed she studied piano, voice, musicianship and ballet, eventually graduating from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with a Bachelor of Music Education and High Distinction in Voice. Her list of Sydney Eisteddfod victories continued to grow, adding prizes such as the Open Operatic Aria and Lyric or Coloratura Soprano Awards and the Mozart Soprano Aria for Singers (20 - 25 years) to her name.
Amelia continues to have a strong relationship with Sydney Eisteddfod and shared her advice for young aspiring artists thinking of entering.
What can audiences expect from your upcoming concert DIVA?
DIVA celebrates the life & career of two incredible Aussie Divas, June Bronhill and La Stupenda herself, Dame Joan Sutherland. Renowned Australian composer, Elena Kats-Chernin has written stunning original works and Aria Award Winner Tamara-Anna Cislowska plays the Piano, joined by Acacia Quartet, Select choir and the wonderful Guy Noble as Compere.
How have you prepared yourself to pay tribute to Australian divas June Bronhill and Dame Joan Sutherland?
I have been rehearsing for the past year! The programme is full of fabulous arias and songs that made June & Dame Joan famous throughout the world; Lucia di Lammermoor, La Traviata, Merry Widow, Faust, The Sound of Music and many more. I must point out that I'm not trying to mimic them in any way, I'm using the voice God gave me!
What is the best piece of performance advice you have ever heard?
Dame Joan Sutherland was a phenomenal teacher and mentor when I was a Young Artist with Opera Australia. She told me to hold back a little... she said "Never give 100%"... her words will be ringing in my ears on the night of the performance. Richard Bonynge has been incredibly helpful throughout my career; he told me there was no point in getting nervous! (Easier said than done!)
As an alumni, what advice would you give to someone thinking of participating Sydney Eisteddfod?
I'd say "Go for it! There is no better way to get stage experience and exposure as a young performer".
DIVA! starring Amelia Farrugia, will be held on Friday 25 August 7:30pm at City Rectial Hall, Sydney.