Ashlyn Skye Tymms, Finalist in the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Aria
While following her dream of becoming a professional opera singer, Ashlyn Skye Tymms has been the recipient of several awards and performed numerous roles whilst continuing her training in Melbourne. A finalist in the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria, Ashlyn Skye talks about her natural calling to music and the encouragement she has received from her family, friends and teachers.
Ashlyn has been awarded a scholarship to undertake the Masters in Performance program at the Royal College of Music, London in 2015/16. She will also perform in Sydney on 3 May as the Alto soloist in Dvorak's Stabat Mater, with Sydney University Graduate Choir.
What would you say to someone that was thinking about entering the Sydney Eisteddfod?
Eisteddfods are the perfect opportunity to perform your chosen repertoire and to take your performance from the rehearsal room to the stage! You will learn a lot about your own personal performance habits and best choice of repertoire for future auditions and competitions.
What did you learn from your experience? How has competing helped you to develop as a performer?
I had the opportunity to perform new pieces I had been working on within the mezzo soprano repertoire and the Sydney Eisteddfod provided a very nice environment to perform these works. To receive professional advice and feedback from the adjudicators, the public who attend and also from your peers has proven to be a valuable experience.
Why did you start classical singing?
I had a natural calling to music from a young age. I was fortunate to have a wonderful operatic teacher from the age of seven, who guided me within this classic art form.
Who inspires you and why?
My teacher in Melbourne has offered incredible support and encouragement. My friends keep me grounded and happy and my family inspires me everyday to work hard, live a full life and follow this dream of mine.
What is unique about Sydney Eisteddfod?
The quality of singers who compete within this competition, I heard so many fine singers throughout the heats and finals! It's always nice to meet new people who are also working hard on technique and artistry.
What do you dream to achieve?
To have a fulfilling career and to reach my full potential as a professional opera singer.