Natalie Aroyan onstage at The Sydney Opera House Concert Hall for Marie Bashir's Musical Tribute with the SSO conducted by David Robertson. Photo: Jess Bialek
As an aspiring Operatic artist, the beginning is always the hardest. We all aspire to achieve greatness, to be able to perform to the best of our abilities, and someday showcase our talents on stages across the world. The one key element all artists have that drives them to achieve such goals, above the ability to sing … is inspiration.
We are inspired by the world and people around us, we are motivated and encouraged to train and hone our skills by organisations who offer countless opportunities by providing platforms to enable young artists to develop their skills. For me, The Sydney Eisteddfod provided just that and inspired me to keep testing myself and my abilities as a young developing artist.
I wasn’t always a winner. In the beginning, I experienced some of the hardest failures, and felt like I was treading through thick mud. But I learnt to keep moving forward, moving onward and upward, because I was inspired and determined to succeed.
Winston Churchill once said “Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts” and in the end, in my final year competing in the Sydney Eisteddfod I was awarded The Italian Opera Foundation First Place scholarship of $50,000. I am so grateful to the Sydney Eisteddfod for providing such a safe place to grow, and nurture my performance abilities, to learn from my losses, and feel the gratification of my wins. The experience I received competing in the Sydney Eisteddfod is priceless and I am so blessed to feel a part of an alumni that provides such an amazing fountain of encouragement.
From such humble beginnings, the Sydney Eisteddfod inspired me to achieve greatness, and I still continue to strive to perform to the best of my abilities. Today I am able to grace the stages around the world, in New York, London, Italy, Korea and even our very own Sydney Opera House. I am constantly sharing my experiences with the younger generation of singers, to give them the same inspiration I felt at their stage of development. To never give up. I stand before them as an example, that dreams can come true if we are inspired to make them a reality.