The sky is the limit for Eleanor Greenwood.
Since winning the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship, the mezzo soprano was able to attend the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School in Brisbane where she performed the role of Idamante in Idomeneo – directed by Stuart Maunder and conducted by Richard Hetherington.
Earlier in the year Eleanor toured China’s Poly Theatres in a production of La Traviata; an experience she called a “privilege”.
“The opportunity to be a cultural ambassador not only for Australia but also for the Operatic art form itself in China was a great privilege to say the least,” she said.
Since then she continued her travels by heading to Berlin where she had intensive coaching with Berlin-based coaches and lessons with a “fantastic” performing teacher.
“I was able to detour to Zurich for a study period with a German repertoire specialist to coach my German repertoire intensively,” Eleanor said.
“During this visit I was able to visit Villa Wesendonck – the Villa the Wesendonck family lived in and Garden House where Wagner stayed for a time. I was also able to observe rehearsals in the Opera House and see three operas and a concert performed there.”
She spoke of the opportunity to begin German studies at language school Deutsch Akademie alongside other students from countries such as Libya, Tunisia, Syria, Turkey, Italy and Turkey – all hoping to start a new life in Germany.
“Germany is a place of great inspiration and a thriving arts scene. Thanks to the high levels of multiculturalism it welcomes in combination with the rich musical history and traditions it holds,” Eleanor said.
Sydney Eisteddfod is incredibly proud of Eleanor and her many achievements on her operatic journey.