Isabella Moore on stage at the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
In June last year, Samoan soprano Isabella Moore flew from New Zealand to compete in first round of the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship. Having won the both the prestigious Mathy Award at the Australian Singing Competition and the Lexus Song Quest in 2014, she started as one to watch. She did not disappoint and after sailing through all the preliminaries, secured her place as a finalist in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship.
She returned briefly to New Zealand to sing at the Victoria University Distinguished Alumni Dinner, and then returned to compete in other Sydney Eisteddfod events. During this prolonged stopover, she won the Female Voice event and scored an impressive victory in Sydney Eisteddfod Senior Vocal Scholarship (21-25 yrs) for the Joan Sutherland Memorial Awards. She also won the Paul Worthington Encouragement Award in the Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship and after a brilliant performance with the North Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Steven Hillinger, she claimed second place in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship.
Following her successes in 2014, Isabella spent the early part of 2015 completing her studies with Dennis O’Neill and Nuccia Focile at the Wales International Academy of Voice and taking masterclasses with soprano Monserrat Caballé in Barcelona. Then following her prolonged stopover in Sydney, she departed on her first ever trip to the United States, where she spent most of her time talking to teachers and visiting music schools in New York, Boston, San Francisco and Houston. Describing her American adventure as ‘an eye opening experience,’ Isabella was impressed by all it offers aspiring opera singers and now has her heart set on continuing her studies there.
In September, on yet another visit to Sydney, she added a win in the prestigious Bell Canto Awards to her laurels, then set off for Italy where she attended an Italian for Opera Singers in Tuscany and took some one-to-one lessons with Maestro Wyn Davies before returning to New Zealand for the Christmas season.
Her 2016 plans include participating in the Solti Academy Summer Progam in Tuscany, taking lessons with Cesar Ulloa in San Francisco and auditioning in the United States. Sydney Eisteddfod applauds her achievements wishes her every success in her future career.