Anson Austin OAM

Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship

Anson Austin gained valuable performing experience as a concert singer and recitalist in his native New Zealand before travelling to London to join the prestigious BBC Singers in 1966. In 1970 he accepted the offer of a contract with The Australian Opera to sing the role of Rodolfo in Puccini’s ‘La Boheme’. Over the next thir ty-four years Anson sang over fty major roles with Australia’s major opera company, encompassing much of the operatic lyric tenor repertoire. He was privileged to partner many of the world’s leading singers during his career, including Dame Joan Sutherland and Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, and sang under many of the world’s leading conductors both in Australia and overseas.

He was privileged to participate in the opening season of the Sydney Opera House in 1970, performing the role of Tamino in The Magic Flute under the musical direction of Sir Charles Mackerras. 

His concert repertoire was extensive and he regularly appeared on the concert stage with leading orchestras throughout Australia and New Zealand during his career. Following his retirement in 2004 Anson was invited in 2005 to join the Board of Directors of Opera Australia. Anson was awarded an OAM in 1993.

Anson maintains a strong interest in the careers and development of the rising generation of young singers and regards the role of events such as the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship as vitally important in assisting aspiring artists to achieve their potential as the opera stars of the future.To this end Anson has regularly been privileged to serve on adjudication panels for major singing competitions in Australia and New Zealand over the past thirty years.