Tabatha McFadyen, second place, & Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Chief Executive of Sydney Eisteddfod Piroozi Desai-Keane OAM, Maestro Steven Hillinger, Agnes Sarkis, Maximilian Reibl, Tabatha McFadyen (second place), Amanda Windred, compere Daniel Sumegi, adjudicator Margaret Baker-Genovesi, adjudicator Peter Coleman-Wright, Lucinda-Mirkata Deacon (winner), Silvie Humphries, James Ioelu, McDonald's Licensee Keryn Jensen, Ashlyn Skye Tymms & Sydney Eisteddfod Chairman Ralph Evans. Photo: WinkiPoP Media
Although the name of this event changed twice in the past eight decades, thanks to our principal sponsor McDonald’s Australia, it has been known as the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria since 1989 and retains its rank as the premier event in the festival program. To celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of McDonald’s sponsorship, the internationally renowned bass-baritone Daniel Sumegi hosted the occasion with a style that added his knowledge, warmth and quite a few chuckles to the evening’s entertainment.
The singers presented their first arias to piano accompaniments, and Sydney Eisteddfod thanks Glenn Amer, Bradley Gilchrist, Sharolyn Kimmorley and Rosalie Riebl for supporting the singers through many rounds and rehearsals of this event. The highly acclaimed North Sydney Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Steven Hillinger accompanied the singers in their second arias and treated the audience to an impressive musical interlude, while the final adjudication was taking place.
The evening was enjoyed by all and will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most impressive ever. Sydney Eisteddfod thanks all who contributed to the occasion, especially its latest winner Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon and the other seven finalists who participated in this wonderful entertainment.
Finally, once again Sydney Eisteddfod takes the opportunity to salute our principal sponsor with the simple phrase "Thank you, McDonald’s".