13 July 2014
The Sydney Eisteddfod Joan Sutherland Memorial Scholarships showcase the talents of aspiring classical singers. The senior event serves as a platform for those aged between 21 and 25 years, while the junior event caters for the 17-to-20 age group.
A highlight of the Sydney Eisteddfod program, these scholarships bowed into the Sydney Eisteddfod program in 1979. Since then, many recipients have progressed into successful operatic careers, bass baritone Daniel Sumegi and mezzos Catherine Carby and Dominica Matthews among them.
Joshua Oxley, who won the junior scholarship in 2013 is now studying in Italy, while Jade Moffat who claimed the senior award, has since kept busy scoring one success after the other. In the wake of her victory, the 23-year-old Queenslander secured a place in the final of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Aria and soon afterwards added the prestigious Marianne Mathy Award to her laurels.
All serious opera lovers delight in the discovery of new talent and on 27 July, Sydney Eisteddfod will present the final rounds of both scholarships in a two-tier program with refreshments in between.
Jennie Lees, PhD
Media Liaison & Public Information