Natalie Aroyan. Photo: Cassandra Hannagan
Sydney Eisteddfod takes pleasure in applauding Natalie Aroyan, who after singing in the final round of the 2011 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria, has taken top honours in the 2011 Italian Opera Foundation Scholarship, along with a prize valued at AU$50,000 for up to six months study in Italy. As a rising talent in international opera circles, Natalie is always on the move these days - indeed, within 24 hours of her victory she departed for Germany where she will represent Australia at the Neue Stimmen competition. From there, Natalie will fly to Modena, Italy. There, as one of ten singers selected from an international field of 165, she will participate in a course at the Mirella Freni's Accademia. In January, she heads to New York to cover the title role in the Lindemann/Juilliard production of Gluck's Armide, then returns to Modena to finish her course.