Boyd Owen on stage at the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates tenor Boyd Owen on his victorious win in the 2017 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. Taking place at The Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood on Sunday 16 July, audiences were astounded by the sheer level of talent that graced the stage, however no one could deny Boyd as the true stand out of the night.
Performing Ah! mes amis - pour mon âme from La Fille du Régiment by Donizetti and Che gelida manina from La Bohème by Puccini, Boyd not only demonstrated a high level of technique and vocal ability but captured audience’s attention with his storytelling ability. He was awarded a $35,000 scholarship, $5,000 cash, plus airfares to the value of $3,000 allowing him the opportunity to can engage in advanced studies abroad.
Following closely in second place soprano Jessica Harper was awarded $5,000 as well as the Audience Vote of $500. She performed Dis-moi que je suis belle from Thäis by Massenet and Non mi dir from Don Giovanni by Mozart.
Judges expressed the difficulty of discerning the winners as all eight finalists performed exceptionally. Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates Danita Weatherstone, Zoe Drummond, Joelene Griffith, Imogen-Faith Malfitano, Bronwyn Douglass and Amanda Windred on wonderful performances and all the hard work they put in to get to this point.
Over the years the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship has earned the title of one of Australia’s most esteemed and prestigious classical singing events, attracting only the highest standard of emerging performers. Sydney Eisteddfod applauds Boyd once again and cannot wait to see what opportunities will arise as a result of winning this prestigious award.