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

2 September 2014 

Perth mezzo Ashlyn Skye Tymms was born a beach girl, loves the sea and cheerfully admits to being a bit of a rocker when she was growing up. She began playing the drums at the age of eight, and before she succumbed to the magic of opera, she was lead percussionist at her high school.

In 2009, Ashlyn Skye surprised her friends from younger days by graduating from The University of Melbourne with a Bachelor of Music degree. As a choral scholar, she featured as soloist with the University of Melbourne Trinity College Choir and recorded Southern Star and Mystical Songs with ABC Classics.

Since then, she has performed key roles in many operas, including Euridice in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo with the Savoy Opera Company and Busby Le Cornu in the Australian premier of the The Cockatoos for Opera Victoria. She sang the title role in Dido an Aeneas at The Spring Early Music Festival and appeared with Opera Studio Melbourne in the Australian premier of Philip Glass and Robert Moran’s work The Juniper Tree and other productions.

With her blossoming voice, she has been recipient of many awards. In 2012, she won first prize in the National Liederfest, along with The Robert Salzer Foundation Scholarship, the Henkell Brothers Award, the Goethe-Institut Australian Award and the Alan McArthur Memorial Award.

Ashlynne Skye loves performing and as her family is in the fashion business, she looks stunning, loves clothes and has a passion for shoes.

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