23 September 2014
On Sunday night, Newtown soprano Lucinda-Mirikata Deacon won the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria before an enthusiastic audience in the magnificent Concourse Concert Hall at Chatswood. Previously known as the Sun Aria, this event has been the jewel in the Sydney Eisteddfod crown ever since it began in 1933. Over the years, has launched the careers of some of Australia’s greatest singers, Dame Joan Sutherland among them.
Now carrying a first prize of $43,000, this scholarship is highly respected in world opera circles, and through the richness of its past, remains the prize aspiring opera stars from all over Australia and New Zealand dream of winning. Lucinda scored her victory singing Einsam in trüben Tagen’ from Lohengrin by Wagner and ‘Divinités du Styx’ from Alceste by Gluck. She is singing magnificently this season, and in the week preceding Sunday’s victory won $10,000 Opera & Arts Foundation Vocal Scholarship that is offered annually through the McDonald’s Sydney Eisteddfod program.
Born in London of British and Hungarian heritage, Lucinda moved to Australia with her family when she was seven. One day, quite by accident, she found an audiotape in the boot of her father’s car and when she worked out how to play it, she heard Dame Joan Sutherland’s voice for the first time. Deciding it would be fun to sing high like that, she became interested in opera and joined Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus.
Lucinda continued singing throughout her schooldays, and after completing an under- graduate degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, she returned to London, where she studied at Guildhall School of Music and Drama on a scholarship and participated in a program with The National Opera Studio.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information