Press Release: Newtown soprano wins a scholarship at the 2014 McDonald's Sydney Eisteddfod

September 15 2014

Last Friday night, soprano Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon won in the Opera and 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.

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. They said that as the six singers all possessed wonderful voices, careers on the opera stage surely awaited them all.

Open to singers aged 30 and under, the Opera and Arts Support Group Vocal Scholarship has been a highlight of the Sydney Eisteddfod program since 1992. Several previous winners and finalists have progressed to greater heights and 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.

Jennie Lees

Media Liaison & Public Information