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

2 September 2014 

Amanda Windred will sing in the final round of the Sydney Eisteddfod McDonald’s Operatic Aria for the first time this year. Originally from Tamworth, Amanda loves to sing and hopes to add new colour to her hometown’s reputation as Australia’s country music capital by becoming its first Wagnerian soprano.

Amanda recently graduated from the Queensland Conservatorium of Music, Griffith University, with a Masters of Music Studies with Academic Excellence that she completed under the tutelage of Professor Lisa Gasteen AO. In both 2012 and 2013, she attended the Lisa Gasteen National Opera School at Queensland University on a full scholarship and worked intensively for several weeks with some of the world’s finest coaches.

Before commencing her studies in Brisbane, Amanda gained a Diploma of Opera and a Graduate Diploma of Opera under the direction of Dr Rowena Cowley. In 2011, she was a Young Artist with Pacific Opera and thoroughly enjoyed playing Hattie Lamb in a workshop production of Cloudstreet, the opera, with Gail Edwards, Simon Kenway and George Palmer.

This year, Amanda performed the Second Maid in Strauss’ Elektra with Sydney Symphony Orchestra and also appeared as La Luce Langue in Verdi’s Macbeth with Queensland Symphony Orchestra under the baton on Johannes Fritzsch.

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 booked online at,au or, by calling Ticketek on 1300 795 012 or visiting The Concourse Box Office from 9am-6pm Monday to Friday.

For immediate release

Jennie Lees, PhD,
Media Liaison & Public Information