Press Release: Local soprano to sing in final round of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria

2 September 2014

Mezzo-soprano Agnes Sarkis was born in Sari, Iran, to an Armenian family. She always loved to sing, but as women were not allowed to sing in public in Iran, she grew up believing a career as an opera singer was not an option and was drawn to other paths. Now residing in Willoughby, Agnes has made tremendous progress since she settled in Australia, and in 2011, her dream came true when she graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music with an Advanced Diploma of Opera.

In 2012, Agnes completed a Graduate Diploma in Music (Opera) under the tutelage of Barry Ryan and was also recipient of the prestigious Joan Carden Award. As a promising student, she sang key roles in many Conservatorium operas, these included the title role Anne Boyd’s opera Daisy Bates at Ooldea, L’Opinion Publique in Offenbach’s Orfee aux Enfers, Dinah in Bernstein’s Trouble in Tahiti and Balkis in Gluck’s La Rencontre Imprevue, among others.

Since then, Anges has featured as the Hen in Janacek’s Cunning Little Vixen for the Sydney Chamber Opera and in the chorus of The Best of Gilbert & Sullivan at Sydney Opera House. She also appeared with Handa Opera on the Harbour in its productions of Carmen and Madama Butterfly and was a finalist in the 2013 Bel Canto Award.

Agnes is delighted to be singing final round of the event that as the Sun Aria launched the career of Dame Joan Sutherland and many other famous Australian singers and whether she wins or not, she is bound to profit from the experience.

The final of the 2014 Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria will take place at the Concourse Concert Hall, Chatswood, on 21 September at 5pm. Tickets costing $38 (adult) or $31 (concession) can be booked online at,au or, by calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or visiting The Concourse Box Office from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday.

Jennie Lees
Media Liaison & Public Information