Sydney Eisteddfod congratulates mezzo soprano Eleanor Greenwood on her win in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria in the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood. Looking ravishing in an emerald green gown, Eleanor scored her victory singing ‘Sein wir wieder gut’ from Ariadne auf Naxos by Richard Strauss and ‘Non più mestam’ from La Cenerentola by Rossini.
The final of this historic competition was strongly contested by eight outstanding singers, and although like the others, Eleanor was in with a chance, she thought she was dreaming when adjudicators Rosamund Illing and John Bolton-Wood named her the winner. Now, with a $35,000 scholarship, $5,000 cash, plus airfares to the value of $3,000, she can engage in advanced studies abroad.
At the end of the night, the adjudicators admitted the high overall standard of this competition, made choosing a winner a difficult task and lavishly praised New Zealand soprano Isabella Moore who finished in second place. The other finalists Amanda Windred, Lucy Bailes, Matthew Thomas, Jade Moffatt, Shanul Sharma and Chelsea Dolman all gave exceptional performances and Sydney Eisteddfod applauds them all.