Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria with accompanist Sharolyn Kimmorley AM. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon wins 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria

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Soprano Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon won the $43,000 first prize in the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria before a huge and appreciative crowd at The Concourse Concert Hall. Lucinda scored her triumph singing ‘Einsam in trüben Tagen’ from Lohengrin by Wagner and ‘Divinités du Styx’ from Alceste by Gluck.

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon

Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald's Operatic Aria. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Adjudicators Margaret Baker-Genovesi and Peter Coleman-Wright lavished praise on the eight singers who competed in the final, but agreed that Lucinda emerged an edge ahead of her excellent rivals and has reached an advanced stage in her training, where she can use the scholarship to greatest advantage. For more reasons than one, the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod will undoubtedly be long remembered as ‘Lucinda’s Year.’ She is singing magnificently and has demonstrated the richness of her talent by winning two major operatic competitions in the space of nine days. On September 12, she scored a sensational victory when adjudicators of the Sydney Eisteddfod Opera & Arts Group Vocal Scholarship, John Bolton-Wood and Christine Douglas, selected her as winner of the $10,000 prize.

Now, with two more highly accredited judges confirming her promise, Lucinda has proved beyond doubt that she now ranks among the most outstanding young Australian singers of her generation. Over the years, she has won many prizes at Sydney Eisteddfod, so its organisers take great pride in her latest achievements and wish her every success as she steps into the next phase of her operatic career.

Tabatha McFadyen

Tabatha McFadyen, second place, & Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon, winner of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Sydney Eisteddfod also applauds 24-year-old Tabatha McFadyen who finished on Lucinda’s heels in second place in both scholarships. Another very promising young singer, Tabatha glows with shining promise and has clearly established herself as a potential star in Australian opera circles. The remaining finalists, Sylvie Humphries, James Ioelu, Maximilian Reibl, Agnes Sarkis, Ashyln Skye Tymms, and Amanda Windred, all performed superbly. Sydney Eisteddfod thanks them wholeheartedly for making this final one of the most exciting ever and looks forward to welcoming them back to its stages in 2015.

2014 Sydney Eisteddfod

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".