Soprano Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon won the 2014 Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship before a full house at the Paddington Uniting Church. Lucinda scored her victory singing ‘Divinites du Styx’ from Alceste by Gluck and ‘Donde lieta usci’ from Puccini’s La Boheme. Tabatha McFadyen, the youngest of the six finalists, finished in second place, while the ever-lively Lucy Bailes emerged as the audience favourite.
Winner & finalists in 2014 Opera & Arts Group Vocal Scholarship (from left), Tabatha McFadyen, Ashlyn Skye Tymms, Matthew Reardon, Lucy Bailes, Sylvie Humphries and Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon.
Adjudicators Christine Douglas and John Bolton-Wood were delighted with the overall standard and told the remaining finalists not to be downhearted if had not received a prize, and, convinced that they all possessed wonderful voices, said careers on the opera stage undoubtedly awaited them.
Open to singers aged 30 and under, the Opera & Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship has been a highlight of the Sydney Eisteddfod program since 1992, and several previous winners are now enjoying successful careers with leading opera companies in Australia and abroad.
During this period, the total prize value of the scholarship has increased from $1,000 to $16,000. The winner now claims the Emiel Doeland Memorial Scholarship of $10,000, while the singer who finishes second place wins the Paul Worthington Encouragement Award of $3,000. The singer who wins the Audience Vote receives $1,000, and the remaining finalists $500 each.
Sydney Eisteddfod greatly enjoys the partnership it shares with this wonderful organisation and takes this opportunity to thank president Paul Worthington and the Opera & Arts Support Group Committee for their long-standing support.