Jessica Harper, winner of the 2017 Opera & Arts Vocal Scholarship. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Congratulations to Soprano Jessica Harper on winning the 2017 Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship. She performed 'Depuis le jour où je me suis donnée' from Louise by Charpentier and 'Sempre libera' from La Traviata by Verdi with ease, making the judges confident in their decision to award her the $10,000 scholarship.
Jessica has had an incredibly successful festival season so far, winning 2nd Prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Scholarship and the People’s Choice Award. She has also won a number of events including the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera Awards (Any Age), the Gilbert & Sullivan Award (Any Age), the Lieder (25 & Over) event, the French & German Art Song (Any Age) event and the Operatic Duets/Trios/Quartets (Any Age) event.
Bronwyn Douglass was awarded the second prize consisting of the Paul Worthington OAM Encouragement Award of $5,000 and Anna Stephens won the hearts of the crowd taking out the Audience Vote for the Graham Matheson Award of $1,000.
Michael Lewis OAM and Nicole Youl were the judges for the event this year and provided entrants with a wealth of knowledge through their individual feedback and Sydney Eisteddfod is sure their wisdom will be greatly appreciated by each finalist.
Sydney Eisteddfod is also appreciative of the generous contribution the Opera & Arts Support Group provides through this Scholarship and the support they provide young classical singers.