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

2 September 2014 

An Australian soprano of British and Hungarian heritage, Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon was born in London moved to Australia with her family at the age of seven. Soon afterwards, she found an audiotape in her father’s car, and anxious to see if she could manage to play it, she pushed it into the tape deck and heard Dame Joan Sutherland’s voice for the first time. Deciding it would be fun to sing high like Dame Joan, she begged for lessons and was soon singing in Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus.

Lucinda-Mirikata continued singing throughout her schooldays and in 2004, made her mark on the Sydney Eisteddfod platform by winning the Joan Sutherland Society of Sydney Vocal Scholarship for singers aged between 17 and 22 years, along with four other gold medals. In 2007, she sang her way into the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria delighting all with the richness of her promise.

Soon afterwards, she graduated from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and moved back to London to take up a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music. After studying with Rudolph Piernay in the opera course, she was selected for a program offered by The National Opera Studio where she studied Elizabeth Connell and Iris Dell’Acqua and performed with the Welsh National Opera, the Scottish Opera and Glyndebourne Education singing the roles of Mimi and Countess Almaviva.

Over the years, Lucinda-Mirikata has been recipient of many awards and prizes. She recently made a recital tour of the United Kingdom and participated in a program offered by the International Vocal Arts Institute in Virginia, USA.

Now back in Australia and singing better than ever before, Lucinda-Mirikata has qualified for the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria a second time. Now in her late 20’s, she is in fine voice and many believe she will be hard to beat.

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 reserved 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, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information